I have been fortunate enough to grow up in a country in which I can work and provide for my family. I have a voice. I know that I make a difference in the lives' of the people around me. I want every woman to feel that she too can utilize her talents and abilities to change her world for the better.
When I visited India, I met women who were equipped to become providers for their families, yet were never given the chance. Not only did these women possess the skill set necessary to care for their families, they wanted to. Their success in this endeavor would have meant a change in thinking for generations to come. I asked myself at the time, “What would have been if these women had been empowered to reach their full potential?"
Then I realized I was asking the wrong question. I should have been asking “What will the world be when we empower these women and give them a voice?” I want to be on a team that believes in every woman and child and says, “If you want to, you can, and you will. We will help you get there.” I believe Mahila is that team.
Preeta Monga is an advocate for cultural education in Dallas private schools and an accomplished classical Indian dancer. After spending her summers in India and being brought up with parents who were artists, she developed a deep understanding and appreciation for both the Indian and American culture.
She held a project management position in finance for an international communications firm in Virginia and later moved to Dallas after meeting her husband. She now has three children and finds it even more important to integrate and give back to both cultures. This has led her to her current efforts to fundraise for women’s issues around the world by being one of the founders of Mahila. She believes that everyone has the ability to empower themselves and everyone should have a voice.