Gender Based Violence in the South Asian Community

Wednesday, 21 October 2020 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST

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Wednesday, 21 October 2020 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST

Join us for a Community Conversation with special guests, Navneet Bhalla, Executive Director of Manavi, and Legal Advocate, Vimmi Surti, on addressing gender-based violence in the South Asian community and to learn about the culturally specific services provided by Manavi. 


With a mission to end all forms of violence against women, Manavi began as an awareness campaign on issues concerning South Asian women; today it continues to centralize women’s needs and interests in all its organizational decisions and service provisions. As a direct service provider, social change agent and diversity trainer in the mainstream movement to end violence against women, Manavi simultaneously addresses both the immediate needs of women facing abuse and the long-term vision of establishing peaceful communities free from gender-based violence.


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This program is not eligible for CEUs

National Association of Social Workers-Delaware

For more information, contact Makyla Burke at or call 302-251-9212 x 127

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Navneet Bhalla
Executive Director - Manavi

Navneet Bhalla currently serves as the Executive Director at Manavi. Manavi is a New Jersey-based South Asian non-profit organization dedicated to ending all forms of violence against South Asian survivors. Founded in 1985, Manavi was the very first organization in the United States to address the unmet needs of South Asian women affected by violence. Prior to joining Manavi, Navneet worked as the New Jersey Policy and Outreach Coordinator for a national non-profit, South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) engaging in policy advocacy for immigrant rights and social justice for South Asian Americans. Navneet’s role was multi-faceted and she worked closely with various South Asian and other advocacy groups and government agencies to advocate for immigrant rights as well as related policy and social justice issues. By way of background, Navneet practiced as an attorney in the United Kingdom for a number of years and gained extensive experience in immigration law, human rights law, and employment law. As an attorney in the United Kingdom, Navneet represented approximately three hundred asylum seekers from various countries. Navneet advocated for immigrant rights and women’s rights to address gender-based violence within the context of international human rights law. Navneet completed her LL.M. with a specialization in International Human Rights Law at American University, Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C. In 2008, Navneet travelled to Sudan, Africa, where she served as a Legal Consultant representing the International Rescue Committee (IRC). Navneet provided legal counsel and policy recommendations to the IRC on a country wide strategy to address the IRC’s objectives in Sudan. Navneet gained invaluable experience and developed strong working relationships with various non-governmental organizations and policy groups. Navneet has also lived in Tehran, Iran for a number of years. She is fluent in Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu, Farsi and English.

About Navneet Bhalla

Executive Director - Manavi
Vimmi Surti
Legal Advocate - Manavi

Vimmi works in a role of Legal Advocate at Manavi and pursues a part time Masters in Social Work at Rutgers.

About Vimmi Surti

Legal Advocate - Manavi