VHPA announces the launch of the Hindu Women’s Network in Chicago
A group of 40 highly accomplished Hindu women gathered last month (October 2021) at the Gaylord India Restaurant. They announced the formation of the Chicagoland Chapter of “Hindu Women’s Network”, an initiative of the World Hindu Council of America VHPA.
There was an invited panel of three women from the Hindu community who have achieved success in the fields of Medicine, Media, and Politics.
Dr. Panna Barai, MD from Munster Indiana was the Keynote speaker as she has been associated with VHPA for the past 40+ years. She gave her blessings and message for the Nari Shakti to take charge, as Hindus in America are now in the 3rd and 4th generation. She also reiterated the areas where women need support at home and in their professional lives to keep it balanced.
Mrs. Vandana Jhingan, TV Asia correspondent/ Journalist and US Media bureau chief for “Hindi Khabar” gave a very passionate speech on the topic of Hindu Women and Media portrayal. Vandana Ji talked about the influence of media on young Hindu females and what we should be aware of. She talked about journalistic ethics and the importance of reporting events (that do not create headlines) and sharing opinions. Vandana Ji also shared a video of an independent movie made by a US Producer. This movie is primarily related to young Hindu girls. She said that the movie is kept on hold by the Indian Censor Board and questioned why the freedom of sharing a point of view is blocked.
Mrs. Meghna Bansal, Trustee of the Wheatland Township and an owner-manager of a technology company, talked about the importance of involvement in local politics. Her point was simple “you might not be interested in politics, but politics is making decisions which impact all of you”. She also described her journey from India to the USA over 25 years back and how she got involved with the local homeowners’ association and progression from there to the Local Township Trustee position.
The event was organized by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad Chicago chapter’s women’s group. Mrs. Anisha S Shah, Ms. Neela Patel, Mrs. Hetal N Pate, Mrs. Nimisha K Patel, Mrs. Yashswaini Desai, and Mrs. Preet Mittal were also present at the event.
Hindu Women’s Network invites women from all walks of life to join this movement and help with community-building projects.
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