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Behind The Cultural Veil
Sunday, 23 Apr 2017
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Hannah Community Center, East Lansing
Asian Studies Center
Event Details:

South Asian Women's Association of Greater Lansing (SAWA), previously known as the Indian Women's Association, that was first formed in 1992 and restructured to its current form in 2015 when we expanded our outreach to include all those of South Asian origin including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, and Maldives, and their families. Since its creation, SAWA has worked with a number of South Asian families in need of services (legal, social, counseling, career guidance, cultural competencies, employment readiness, English as second language, assistance with navigating the healthcare system, and other) through advocacy, legal services, referral and warm hand offs to other resources in the community, and financial and instrumental assistance.

This year SAWA's annual awareness and outreach event, "Behind the Cultural Veil" is an attempt to draw our collective attention to critical issues facing women of South Asian origin today, while simultaneously allowing us to enjoy a small piece of the South Asian cultural experience. The main event of the evening 'Yoni Ki Baat' a variation on the concept of the vagina monologues, will be presented by a prominent South Asian Theatre group called 'Ekjut', and will touch upon various gendered issues across the developmental lifespan of South Asian women. Light appetizers and horsd'oeuvres will be served.

Event Support and Sponsorship:

Thank you for your interest in the upcoming 2017 SAWA Fundraiser. It is because of individuals and organizations like yours that this event continues to be able to raise awareness of the unique experiences of the South Asian community in Michigan and to provide culturally sensitive services to our community. We are committed to serving as a forum to further South Asian women's interests through intercultural dialogues and initiatives. Your support and sponsorship will allow us to continue to advocate for South Asian women's interests and issues, to provide South Asian women with personal and professional networking opportunities and, to promote sharing of diverse South Asian cultures with the Greater Lansing community.

All sponsors of the event will be recognized for their support throughout the event. The names of schools, departments, companies, and individuals will be listed both in print and online and recognized in the opening remarks. Logos, if provided, will be displayed on our website ( and Facebook page. The sponsorship form has been attached for your convenience. In addition, Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum sponsors will receive complementary tickets to the event.

If you would like to discuss the SAWA Fundraiser donations or events in more detail please contact: Reshma Sambare at reshma.sambare(at) or Sudha Sankar at sankar.sudh(at) We deeply appreciate the opportunity to meet and discuss this event further.