Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has founded courses that provide techniques and tools to live a deeper, more joyous life. He has established nonprofit organizations that recognize a common human identity above the boundaries of race, nationality and religion. His goal is to uplift people around the globe, to reduce stress, and to develop leaders so that human values can flourish in people and communities.


Spotlight - Women’s Empowerment

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Spotlight - Women’s Empowerment

“The role of women in the development of society is of utmost importance. In fact, it is the only thing that determines whether a society is strong and harmonious, or otherwise. Women are the backbone of society.” ~Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Sri Sri’s unique Women’s Empowerment Program, provides vocational training, micro-finance venture incentives, self-development workshops, and self-help groups for disadvantaged women across the world. The program was launched in 1985 in Bangalore, India, as VISTA India (Value Integrated Services to All).

Over 2,000 women from thirty different villages have been trained through this program. Inspired by the project’s success, the program was replicated in other parts of India, and other countries including Sri Lanka, South Africa, and Iraq.