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Women & Interfaith Dialogue

Join Us in Celebrating Sahara's 10th Anniversary

The Power of YOU

SAHARA invites you to Stage Sanchaar’s performance  - The Power of YOU - A fundraising event to benefit Sahara’s work in serving South Asian women and children affected by domestic violence

Power of you 3

The Power of YOU is a scintillating classical Indian dance drama addressing the different hues of violence against women, a survivors journey towards empowerment, creating awareness regarding equality and dignity of women

Saturday, October 26, 2013, 6:00 PM-9:00 PM

Venue : Hollywood Central Performing Arts Center, 1770 Monroe Street, Hollywood Florida 33020

$100, $50 and $30, Students with ID: $20

Online Tickets at : http://thepowerofyou2013.eventbrite.com

Candlelight vigil


Sunday, February 10, 2012; From 5:00PM to 7:00PM

Venue : Women’s Park , 10251 WEST FLAGLER ST., MIAMI, FL 33174 (NEAR FIU Engineering bldg. on Flagler)

Sponsor: Sahara of South Florida

Co-sponsor: Miami-Dade Commission for Women

It’s time to end violence against women worldwide

News and Events

Save the Date
SAHARA’S Annual Fundraising Dinner

Saturday November 17, 2012,  6:00 PM. – 9:00 PM.

Venue : Walter C. Young Auditorium, 901 Northwest 129th Avenue, Pembroke Pines, FL 33028

Admission Cost: $50.00

Please Click Here to Download your Invitation 

Please Click Here to Download the Flyer

Book Reading Event: “When the Lotus Blooms” 
Presented by:  Kanchana Krishnan Ayyar.

Date: October 6th, 2012

Time: 2:30 to 5:00 PM

Venue: Miramar Branch Library, 2050 Civic Center Place, Miramar, Florida 33025.  The library is in close proximity to Miramar Cultural Center.

Telephone: 954-437- 1806.

Please Click Here to Download the Flyer

Essay Competition

Essay must adhere to the topic and should fully answer the question:

"Evaluate the role of women in family life and the impact of domestic violence on South Asian Communities. Suggest strategies for female empowerment, engaging men in the dialogue and community engagement strategies. "

"What makes you passionate about this issue and how would you contribute towards empowerment of South Asian women and healthier families?"


First Prize: $150
Second Prize: $100
Third prize: $50

SEND ALL SUBMISIONS TO: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Deadline for submission: October 5th, 2012.

Please Click Here to Download the Rules and Regulations for the Competition



Community Events

Sahara has continued to participate in events held community wide such as the events held during the Asian Heritage month in May, India Independence Day event of AIA, Annual Scholarship event of the Friends of Asian American Advisory Board, Domestic violence awareness events in October such as the Annual Domestic Violence Walk and Expo at Gwen Margolis Amphi Theatre. Sahara actively participated in the fund raising event of NUR Center held on October 9,2011at Mehfil Indian Restaurant at Sunrise, Florida.

National Summit

In July of this year Tayyaba Tanveer represented Sahara in the National Summit “From Gender Violence to Gender Democracy”  organized by the Asian &Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence at San Francisco, California. We would like to thank APII for their support to Sahara.

Sahara secures Office space at NUR Center.

February, 2011. Sahara arranges a presentation by Salma Abugidierri of Peaceful Families, Virginia on her work focusing on premarital counseling to Asian Communities.

Participation in the Brides Walk held at Barry University, Miami Shores, Florida, sponsored by No More Tears.


Sahara was awarded a grant by the National South Asian Bar Association (NASABA) in the amount of $1500 which will be used to increase awareness of domestic violence issues in faith communities of Miami and Broward and educate them regarding the legal issues and resources available in the community.

SAHARA of South Florida 2011 Gala Click Here to View Photo Gallery

About one hundred and fifty guests filled the banquet hall of Palace Indian Restaurant in Davie on February 19, 2011 to attend the Gala and show their support for Sahara. The colorful dresses adorned by the participants, the enchanting Sitar and Tabla melodies, and the fabulous “Gidda” folk dance presented by the Punjabi Association made the evening regal and vibrant.

Naila Boodhoo, a former Miami Herald and WLRN reporter, did a commendable job as the mistress of ceremonies. Dr. Shahida Shakir and Dr. Shashi Jagadish shared the work of Sahara in confronting domestic violence Issues and informing the audience about the challenges faced by survivors in the South Asian communities of Miami and Broward Counties. For many, it was the first time they learned about Sahara’s contributions. They were impressed to learn how Sahara has managed to meet this challenge with meager resources.

Marcia Reisman, Esq., an attorney with Legal Aid Society of Miami, was recognized for her dedication and commitment to several South Asian women referred by Sahara by representing them in legal proceedings.

Between the dinner proceeds, raffle tickets, silent auction, and live auction conducted by our exciting auctioneer, Victor Swaroop, Sahara was able to raise eight thousand dollars. We would like to convey our special thanks to all of our community members and volunteers who made this event a success.

















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