On the occasion of women’s day, forum mall koramangala hosted a gender equality talk with she’roes who talked about their experiences as women and how they have over come their challenges in everyday life, on this occasion of women’s day they talked about gender equality and parity, Event managed and executed by CUE ENTERTAINMENT. And also yoga session conducted from stree wellness.
Bharathi about 31 years hails from Andhra Pradesh and belongs to a family of traditional farmers, she was diagnosed with post-polio residual paralysis in both of her legs. Due to lack of awareness of rehabilitation appliances she wasnt treated in timely manner. Bharathi used a simple wooden stick to walk around and due to insufficient support of appliances, she had a scissoring gait or crossed gait.
Bharathi was later referred to RAWWD for rehabilitation wherein she fitted with appropriate appliances and was counselled to undertake our Lower Limb Orthotics (LLO) an 18 month course and join RAWWD as a staff member. Now she is an independent member of community and leading a fulfilled life.
DR. RAJALAKSHMI S J:
Dr. Rajalakshmi S J is an Orthodontist in Banashankari 1st Stage
A car accident on the way to Chennai in 2007 damaged her spinal cord and she was left a paraplegic (both her lower limbs are paralysed) for life. “After having topped the BDS Examination (she is a gold medalist), the professors wanted me to present some papers at the National Conference and I was on my way to that event when I met with the accident,” recalls this Bangalorean. It is another matter that she has not let the impairment affect her in any adverse way. For the first six months after the accident, she was barely able to sit on her own. She was so disgusted with the idea of using a wheelchair that she rejected it for that period. “I later realized that if I keep saying no to the wheelchair, I would have to be stuck at one place, something which I could not have afforded. Today the wheelchair is my best friend,” says Rajalakshmi.
he Miss Wheelchair was a very exciting experience for this doctor. From 250 participants, it boiled down to a handful and she went on to win the title.
It was perhaps her response to one question that left the audience and judges spellbound. They asked her, whose life would you want to re-live, given an opportunity. “My own life,” said Rajalakshmi. “I would have corrected my mistakes that I did as a normal person and done more to improve the situation of the disabled in the country,” says the multi-faceted personality. This time, she has been vested with the responsibility of organizing the Miss Wheelchair contest, which will most likely be held in Bengaluru in December.
• Pursuing MBA in IGNOU.
• B.COM from Bangalore University in June 2009
• PUC Vanivilas women’s college- Bangalore
• Nursery to 10th Round table school–Bangalore.
SIGNIFICANT ACHIEVEMENTS •
• Received Summit Awards and Sammarthana Award from Accenture – 2012 and 2013.
• Received Women disabled achiever award from Foundation for art and culture for deaf – 2013
• Received First place in 100 mt Disabled walking in the celebration of world disabled day – 2014
• Presently – Serving Margadarsi association for physically challenged as a Youth team leader.
• Apart from Margadarsi I am a volunteer for many NGOs like Giftable India, Amruthabindu, OSAAT (one step at a time), Samarthanam, and Scribe for blind students.
• JSS College Swami invited as a Special speaker for the Graduation students at Mysore.
• Out of ten I am also one of the participant who selected for Dubai International Summit organized by Nine Line Date: Place: Bangalore (Nethravati)
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