Sayfty Self-Care Summit

Sayfty Self-Care Summit

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Sayfty Trust & Villoo Poonawalla Foundation are co-hosting a two-day virtual summit for women (including those who identify as transgender) and other non-binary people in India focussed on “self-care during the COVID-19 pandemic”. The Consulate General Of Canada in Mumbai will co-host Day 2 of the summit with sessions focussed on mental health. Benetton India, and Juicy Chemistry, to assist in providing 100 self-care kits to women working on the front lines during this pandemic. 

‘243 million women and girls aged 15-49 have been subjected to sexual and/or physical violence perpetrated by an intimate partner’ in the 12 months preceding the pandemic. (UN Women, 2020). There is a heightened sense of isolation and loneliness. Stay-at-home orders in 2020-21 (to contain the spread of COVID-19) further force vulnerable groups to be isolated with violent partners and unable to access help. Moreover, the pandemic has intensified women's mental health, unpaid care and domestic workloads.

About the Event

The Self-Care Summit is your space to focus on your mental and physical health. You can heal, connect, & engage with a community. Sessions focussed on nutrition, finding happiness, fitness and dance, yoga and mindfulness, beauty, and art therapy will be hosted by experts.

“When it comes to self-care, women often put themselves last. With the pandemic, an increasing number of women, transgender, and other non-binary people are dealing with health worries, restrictions on movement, financial insecurity, and cramped living conditions. Now, more than ever, we as women need to focus on self-care. The summit is a dedicated and safe space for the same”. - Dr. Shruti Kapoor, Founder, Sayfty Trust

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Keynote speakers include Natasha Poonawalla, Deirdre Kent & Dr. Shruti Kapoor. Click on the name below to learn more about our speakers and their sessions.

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About Natasha Poonawalla
Natasha Poonawalla is the Executive Director of Serum Institute of India, one of the world’s largest vaccine manufacturers by volume. She also serves as Chairperson of Serum Life Sciences, a newly-established business focused on developing, producing and supplying pandemic vaccines, and works on creative and business strategy for Cyrus Poonawalla Group companies.

Additionally, Natasha is Chairperson of the Villoo Poonawalla Foundation, her family’s foundation, which was launched in 2012 to improve lives through a focus on increasing education, healthcare, safe water and environmental sanitation. The Foundation invests in a wide range of social projects to help advance the life outcomes of underprivileged communities in India, including establishing its own schools to provide much-needed education, and investing in clean drinking water and a large-scale sanitation program in the city of Pune. Natasha serves as the Director of the Poonawalla Science Park, Netherlands, is Chair of the British Asian Children’s Protection Fund for India, and is a member of the British Asian Trust’s India Advisory Council. Passionate about business, philanthropy, fashion and design, Natasha holds an M.Sc. in Organisational Behaviour from the London School of Economics.

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Her Excellency met with Ms. Deirdre Kent, High Commissioner for Canada in New Zealand, with concurrent accreditation in the Republic of Fiji, the Republic of Kiribati, the Independent State of Samoa, the Kingdom of Tonga, and Tuvalu, accompanied by Mr. Cameron MacKay.

Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, hosted a discussion and reception in honour of the outgoing Canadian Heads of Diplomatic Missions at Rideau Hall on May 31, 2019.

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About Deirdre Kent
Deirdre Kent is Canada’s Acting High Commissioner to India, Nepal and Bhutan. Prior to her arrival in India in September 2019, she was the Director General for International Assistance Policy within Global Affairs Canada (2015-2019) responsible for advancing strategic and emerging policy issues.

Ms. Kent joined Canada’s Foreign Service in 1994. Since then, her career has spanned international development policy and programming, peace and security issues and human rights with a focus on multilateral diplomacy.

She served as Human Rights Counsellor at the Canadian Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland from 2002 to 2006. She also served abroad in Israel and the West Bank/Gaza. Deirdre Kent holds a Bachelor of Science and an International Masters of Business Administration (MBA).

Shruti Kapoor
About Dr. Shruti Kapoor
Dr. Shruti Kapoor is an award-winning gender equality activist, economist, Tedx speaker and social entrepreneur. Shaken by the horrific gang rape in Delhi in 2012 that caught the attention of the global news media, she founded her organization, Sayfty. Its goal is to educate and empower women and girls in India against gender-based violence.

In 2021 Dr. Kapoor joint Loreal’s Global Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Board. Dr. Kapoor was named by Apolitical as one of the most influential people in global policy in 2019. The BrahmaKumaris awarded Dr. Kapoor the “Achievement and Excellence in Human Rights” in 2019. The Indian Ministry of Women and Child Development in 2019 honored Dr. Kapoor as one of the “30 #WebWonderWomen“ who have been driving a positive agenda of social change via social media. In 2018 Richtopia named Dr. Kapoor as one of the top 100 leaders from multilateral global organizations. In 2016, The White House nominated Dr. Kapoor as a change maker for The United State of Women’s Summit 2016, and in India she was named the winner of Barclay’s 2016 “We are the City 50 Rising Stars Award”. In 2015 Femverstising awarded the “People’s Choice Award” to Sayfty for their campaign promoting gender equality, and was chosen to receive a State recognition award by the Uttar Pradesh government in India for the organization’s work advocating for the safety and education of girls. Also, in 2015, Dr. Kapoor was awarded the Rex Karamveer fellowship, whose aim is “to share impactful ideas for action and transform lives through projects and ideas of hope”. Additionally, Dr. Kapoor received the 2015 “Woman of the Year Award (third prize)” from the Regional Council of Aosta Valley, Italy.

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About Seema Sondhi
Seema Sondhi in 2001, started her journey into yoga and started spreading the light of yoga. The thought is to help individuals on a healthier and more peaceful path by teaching them a system of exercise that fully integrates the body, mind and soul.

Seema’s foray into the world of yoga came at a time when her body suffered three lumbar slip discs and she was advised complete bed rest. The physical pain coupled with the agonizing mental battle lead her towards restorative yoga classes. The practise of pranayama, chanting and mediation lead to her body building strength and stamina and her mind gaining clarity.

After this experience Seema began her learning process as the inner realization of the therapeutic and healing benefits of yoga began to dawn upon her. She is now a reputed wellness expert and lifestyle guru who has been involved with the fitness world for 20 years and has gained in-depth knowledge in the field. She has been certified from the “International Sivananda Vedanta and Yoga Center” and studied under the tutelage of famous yoga gurus such as Sri. Pattabhi Jois in her quest for yogic knowledge. Seema has also successfully completed training from Matthew Sweeney and is certified to teach the moon sequence. She has been featured in various TV shows, magazines, newspapers and has also authored six books.

Seema will be leading the Chair Yoga session on 26th June at 4:30 pm IST at the Summit.

About Anushya Rajagopalan Mamtora
Anushya Rajagopalan Mamtora is a Certified Zentangle Teacher and self-taught Mandala artist based out of New Jersey. Her passion includes teaching and creating unique wood and bamboo products using traditional techniques of Zentangle and Mandala. Anushya believes that practicing Zentangle is like meditating with a pen. It is not only therapeutic but also makes an artist out of each one of us.

Anushya will be leading the Zentangle session on 27th June at 5:30 pm IST

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Megha Asher
Megha Asher is the Co-Founder and COO of Juicy Chemistry, a certified-organic skincare and personal care brand. With Juicy Chemistry, Megha aims to promote a lifestyle centred around organic wellness. Living in concrete jungles and spending our time sitting at desks in front of a computer, a lot of us have lost sight of what matters most - the little acts of self-care. Like taking that extra time to pamper yourself with soulful organic products that are kind to you and the planet!

Megha will be leading the Beauty and Self-Care session on 26th June at 5:30 pm IST.

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Maneet Chauhan
Maneet Chauhan is an award-winning chef, author, television personality and founding partner and president of Morph Hospitality Group in Nashville, Tennessee. She is a recipient of the 2012 James Beard Foundation Broadcast Media Award for her role as a permanent judge on Food Network’s “Chopped.”

Born in Pubjab, India, chef Chauhan worked in some of the country’s finest hotels before moving to the U.S. to study at the Culinary Institute of America. She went on to work as executive chef in some of New York City and Chicago’s top restaurants, which received national acclaim under her leadership. After relocating to Nashville, Tennessee, Chauhan and her husband, Vivek Deora, co-founded Morph Hospitality Group, opening their first restaurant, Chauhan Ale & Masala House in 2014. With the goal of filling gaps in Nashville’s culinary landscape, the group opened Tansuo, a Chinese concept, and The Mockingbird, a global diner, in 2017, and Chaatable, a nostalgic Indian street food concept in 2018. Chef Chauhan is also a cofounder of Hop Springs, home to the state’s largest craft brewery and a fun filled 84 acre beer park located in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Chauhan is the author of two cookbooks, Flavors of My World and her most recent, Chaat: The Best Recipes from the Kitchens, Markets, and Railways of India, which was released in October 2020. Published by Clarkson Potter, the book was inspired by Maneet's epic cross-country railroad expedition that brought her to local markets, street vendors and the homes of family & friends. Chaat has been recognized as one of Fall 2020’s most anticipated cookbooks and has appeared in the New York Times, Food & Wine, Travel + Leisure, Martha Stewart Living, Saveur, Food Network Magazine, and more.

A leader in the Nashville community, Chauhan has been honored as one of the Nashville Business Journal’s “40 under 40”, which highlights young, successful business leaders and was recognized in Nashville Lifestyles’ Women in Business, which showcases local women who are at the top of their respective industries. In March 2020, Chauhan founded Hospitality Strong, a nonprofit benefitting hospitality workers in need and currently serves as an advisory board member for Nashville's COVID-19 Response Fund, founded to assist individuals, families and nonprofits experiencing financial hardship due to the virus. When she’s not in the kitchen or traveling, chef Chauhan can be found at home in Franklin, Tennessee, with her husband, Vivek Deora, their daughter, Shagun, and their son, Karma.

Maneet will be leading the Cook with Me session on 26th June at 8pm IST.

Sharon D'Agostino
Sharon Kathryn D’Agostino is a passionate advocate for the empowerment of women and girls everywhere and the human rights of all. She launched believing that every woman and every girl has the right to tell her own story in her own words. In sharing their stories, women and girls can encourage and inspire each other – and themselves - to overcome the fears and self-limiting beliefs that hold them back in any way.

Sharon will be leading the Mindfull Writing For Self-Compassion & Self-Care session on 26th June at 6:30 pm IST.

Shayamal Vallabhjee
About Shayamal Vallabhjee
Shayamal Vallabhjee is a South African born High Performance Coach with an academic background in Sports Science & Psychology. To cope with the harsh reality of the apartheid, he moved into the Hare Krishna Temple where he discovered the connection between the body and mind. He teaches elite athletes and executives how to tap into the upper limits of their human potential using ancestral wisdom, psychology and physiology.

He is the author of 4 books including the bestseller: Breathe Believe Balance. He is also an UltraRunner and mountaineer. Shayamal is now a world renowned speaker that combines his life lessons and experience to help people heal from pain on their path to self realisation.

Shayamal will be leading a breathwork and meditation session on 27th June at 7pm IST.

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About Mansi Panjwani
Mansi Arun Panjwani is an international peace educator and facilitator. As founder of The Peace Collective (TPC), she is excited to meet you all and facilitate a workshop on ‘Self-care for women who lead’ at the Safty Care Summit. TPC is a global collective of peacebuilders, facilitators and coaches. They curate programs and work with global leaders to create change at the individual, organisational and societal levels. Mansi uses simple, effective and interactive approaches that engage participants in a joyful, yet reflective process.

As an international trainer and facilitator, Mansi is passionate about fostering compassionate and humanistic leadership, and thus creating a culture of peace in society. Some of the themes in her work include organisational transformation and well-being, creating safe and caring spaces, conflict transformation, and peacebuilding. Mansi has had the opportunity to design and deliver trainings for participants from over 50 countries. Mansi believes that "when we lead empowered, joyful and sustainable lives, we can create a better world for each other and for our future generations".

Mansi will be leading the Self-Care For Women Who Lead session on 27th June at 4:30 pm IST.

About Sucheta Pal
Sucheta Pal is an engineer turned Ambassador & Education Specialist for Zumba® in India and also the recipient of the President's Award - "First Lady" for her work for Women Wellness in India. As a women influencer and new mom she is passionate about empowering women through fitness post pregnancy.

Sucheta has taught across 17 countries worldwide since 2010 and trained over 7000+ trainers till date. She has also been a celebrity fitness coach for Gauri Khan, Bipasha Basu, Yami Gautam and a featured fitness expert on TV networks Zoom, NDTV Good Times, Channel V and TLC

Sucheta will be leading the Zumba session on 27th June at 7:35pm IST.

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About Sharmila Vyas
Sharmila is a practising Clinical Dietitian and Nutritionist with over a decade of experience. She holds a Bachelor’s (BSc) degree specialising in Nutrition and Dietetics and a Post Graduate diploma in Food and Nutrition Management. She believes in the mantra ‘Khao aur khaane do’ ( Eat and let them eat) , providing holistic nutrition guidance in an environment which is inclusive and free of judgement.

Sharmila will be leading the Self-Care in Nutrition session on 26th June at 6:30 pm IST.

About Mridu Bajaj
Mridu Bajaj is a Serenity Surrender (SS) Therapist and Teacher. She initiated her journey in SS in 2012 and since then has embraced it as a way of life. SS has empowered her to embrace life’s challenges with grace and to peacefully find solutions through looking within! It has helped her understand how everyone around her is only a mirror and each life situation is a means to facilitate her growth through understanding herself better. She now feels a deeper connection with everyone around her!

Mridu will be leading the Finding Peace & Joy Within: Serenity Surrender Session on 27th June at 4:30 pm IST.

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Learn more about the two-day agenda. Self-care session are focussed around nutrition, meditation, beauty, mindful writing and personal growth.

Access session descriptions here

Day 1: 26 June Day 2: 27 June
4:00 pm Welcome Key Note - Natasha Poonawalla, Executive Director of Serum Institute of India Welcome Key Note - Deirdre Kent, Canada’s Acting High Commissioner to India, Nepal and Bhutan
4:30 pm Chair Yoga
(Seema Sondhi)
Self-Care for Women Who Lead
(Mansi Panjwani)
Finding Peace & Joy Within: Serenity Surrender Session
(Mridu Bajaj)
5:15 pm Speed Networking
5:30 pm Beauty & Self-Care
(Megha Asher)
(Anushya Mamtora)
6:30 pm Self-Care in Nutrition
(Sharmila Vyas)
Cook with Me (Maneet Chauhan)
7:00 pm Breath-work & Meditation
(Shayamal Vallabhjee)
7:30 pm Mindful Writing for self-compassion & self-care
(Sharon D'Agostino)
(Sucheta Pal)
8:00 pm Closing Keynote - Dr. Shruti Kapoor, Founder, Sayfty Trust
8:35 pm Networking Networking

Limited seats, register soon

Buy a ticket for the 2-day virtual event for a flat fee of Rs. 500 (If buying from outside India, please use the corresponding buy ticket option)

Click below to learn more and register. All tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable. Proceeds will go to two Indian charities working on Covid-19 relief.

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Please meet the Summit planning team at Sayfty. They have worked through the pandemic, for over six months planning and organizing this self-care summit.

About Apoorva Bhatt
Apoorva is an engineer based in Ireland. She has been with Sayfty since 2018, She was involved in our Sayfty Survivors’ Toolkit project and led the Therapy Resources section.

About Aanchal
Aanchal is a Delhi based lawyer and extensively handles matters relating to commercial, civil, family, PoSH and labour laws. She has been a volunteer with Sayfty since 2019 and been a part of various projects.

About Alisha Das
Alisha is a freshman college student based in Florida. She joined Sayfty in October of 2020. Alisha loves to read and help out in her community during her free time!

About Deepa
Deepa is a graduate student pursuing business analytics at Bentley University. She joined Sayfty in January 2020 as a blogger and is grateful for the platform to raise awareness to issues pertaining to women’s rights.

About Diana
Diana is a Personal Stylist and Digital Marketer based in New York city. She has been associated with Sayfty since 2020. Diana recently launched her styling practice believing that every woman can look great in her body. “It’s not about the wrong body, it’s about the wrong clothes.”

Shruti Kapoor
About Dr. Shruti Kapoor
Dr. Shruti Kapoor is an award-winning gender equality activist, economist, Tedx speaker and social entrepreneur. Shaken by the horrific gang rape in Delhi in 2012 that caught the attention of the global news media, she founded her organization, Sayfty. Its goal is to educate and empower women and girls in India against gender-based violence.

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About Sanchika
Dr. Sanchika Gupta is an Indian healthcare specialist with nine years of experience as both clinician and public health programmer. She recently joined Sayfty as part of their weekly Twitter chat, #sayftychat team. Sanchika considers investment in women’s health as the first step towards gender equity.

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About Satvika
Satvika is a freelance researcher & reporter based in Nepal and has been associated with Sayfty since 2019. She loves traveling, outdoor adventure & Urdu poetry.

About Shamitha
Shamitha is based in Toronto working as a Community Safety Analyst for the Government of Ontario. She enjoys volunteering to promote women’s issues and gender empowerment and in her spare time likes taking hikes, reading and cooking.