Yes She Rises

    Helping marginalized devadasi mothers empower themselves and build a safe home for their daughters.

    Yes She Rises

    Yes She Rises is a global call-to-action campaign to help marginalized devadasi mothers empower themselves, say 'no' to sexual abusers, and build safe homes for their daughters

     India
    This is a Fiscally-Sponsored Project

    Fiscally Sponsored by Fractured Atlas

    How will the project change their lives?


    After listening to the stories of the devadasi women, on my first trip, I had made the decision to return with help. But I was not sure how easy, or difficult, would it be to teach them? Later that year I had to go back to finish the documentary. So I bought some markers, beads, threads, cloth and few other things with me, to carry out a short experiment. I could not believe my eyes when I saw how fast they learned to write their names in English! The bracelets they made were perfect! I said to myself—imagine, if only!  


    Yes She Rises is launching a global call-to-action campaign to help  devadasis empower themselves within five villages near Hospet. The aim of the campaign is to conduct a week-long workshop for a group of devadasis, document the learning and share it with the world. Our previous experiments with small groups have proved these women are capable of learning a new language and acquire new skills very quickly. 
     
    The campaign will center around a 7-day incubator literacy and skills training project for selected groups of devadasis taken from five villages within north Karnataka. The learning process, personal experiences, musings will be documented to create engaging shorts to be shared globally through social media and other. It is our hope that these stories and experiences will inspire others to carry on this work to empower all devadasi communities.

    The cause 

    Devadasis are women of poor untouchable communities who are sacrificed into prostitution at a young age in the name of religion. The tradition has been illegal since 1982 but continue to exist in North-interior districts of Karnataka, India. Poverty, illiteracy and absence of economic opportunities are used as weapons to coerce devadasi mothers to give away their daughters into this practice.
     
     
    Yes She Rises is formed of volunteers passionate about this cause. The founder of Yes She Rises, Indrani Nayar-Gall, has been examining this social atrocity for the past nine years. Her debut documentary film Devadasi_NOW, and her art practice speak of this issue. The film has been shown in several film festivals and has won an Outstanding Achievement Award. 
     
    The resilience, bravery and courage of these devadasi mothers are phenomenal. A little help is of very little risk to us but means much to them! 
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    Arrange a screening of the film to learn more about these incredible women. 
    Give to this project to see them RISE.

    Rewards

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    Backer

    Donate $100.00 or more

    Amount over $15.00 is tax-deductible.

    Thank you for your support! We will mail you a 'thank you note' and a DVD of the award winning documentary Devadasi_NOW  

    Contributor

    Donate $25.00 or more

    Amount is fully tax-deductible.

    Thank you for your support! We will recognize your contribution on social media. 

    Supporter

    Donate $50.00 or more

    Amount over $2.00 is tax-deductible.

    Thank you for your support! A recognition on social media and a  ‘thank-you note’ from the project

    Benefactor

    Donate $250.00 or more

    Amount over $35.00 is tax-deductible.

    Thank you for your support! All of the above plus ‘I’m Devadasi’ solidarity bracelet made by the devadasis and the members

    Art collector

    Donate $500.00 or more

    Amount over $90.00 is tax-deductible.

    We truly appreciate your support! All of the above plus an opportunity to own a small original art piece by the artist-director 

    Assistant Producer

    Donate $1,500.00 or more

    Amount over $140.00 is tax-deductible.

    We truly appreciate your support! All of the above plus + an invitation to the premiere + a credit of an assistant producer in film & other productions

    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

    Donate $2,500.00 or more

    Amount over $180.00 is tax-deductible.

    Thank you for your generous support! All of the above plus an invitation for two to the premiere + a credit of an associate producer in films & other productions 

    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

    Donate $5,000.00 or more

    Amount over $280.00 is tax-deductible.

    Thank you for your generous support! All of the above plus invitation for four to the premiere and a credit of executive producer in the film & other documentation