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Jun 05 2017

Concluding Ceremony of the You Are the Solution Summit

The Hon'ble Governor of Uttarakhand, Dr Krishna Kant Paulji was welcomed to Parmarth Niketan (Rishikesh) for the valedictory session of the Summit, in which he was joined on stage by the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance​ delegation led by Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji - Muniji​, Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati​, consisting of Acharya Roopchandra Muniji, from Jain faith, Jathedar Patna Saheb Giani Iqbal Singhji, Kiranjot Kaur​, from Sikh faith, Mufti Nasihur Rahman Qasimi​ji, from Muslim faith and many others in an inspiring concluding ceremony. Said Dr KK Paulji, "the efforts being made by Parmarth...

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Jun 04 2017

You Are the Solution Summit Day 2

The second day of the “You are the Solution Summit of Leaders,” organised by the The Global Interfaith WASH Alliance, continued in the International Conference Hall near the World Toilet College at Parmarth Niketan (Rishikesh). Speakers from the government, corporate, media and civil society shared their success stories on how they have been agents of change in reviving, restoring and cleaning their local water bodies. Global Interfaith WASH Alliance’s (GIWA) interfaith delegation shared their commitments and suggestions with Hon’ble Minister of Drinking Water & Sanitation, Shri Prakash Pantji, Government of Uttarakhand...

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Jun 03 2017

Inauguration of the You Are the Solution Summit

Eminent faith leaders, captains of industry, entertainment stars, development experts, media luminaries, and representatives from global bodies including the United Nations assembled at Parmarth Niketan for a historic two-day summit to help ensure a Swachh and Water-Secure future for India. With the technical support of UNICEF and in association with other partners, the two-day You Are the Solution Summit of Leaders was organised by the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA). GIWA is the world’s first initiative that is engaging the planet’s many faiths as allies in efforts to create a world...

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Women Economic Forum

Pujya Swamiji and Sadhvi Bhagawatiji lauded the Women Economic Forum for honoring, respecting and celebrating the divine feminine, leading the way towards more holistic development and economic growth. Women leaders from around the world, from business, politics, entrepreneurship to entertainment came together in the theme of creativity in leadership and in entrepreneurship. Sadhviji beautifully shared that in order to be creative we must have our hearts open. She emphasized that women must stay connected to their Divine Shakti/Divine Feminine core and heart because that is really the leadership needed in the...

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May 14 2017

Meeting with the External Affairs Minister and IDF-OI

Pujya Swamiji, President of Parmarth Niketan (Rishikesh), Founder, Ganga Action Parivar and the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA), and Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji, Secretary General of the GIWA, President of the Divine Shakti Foundation, met with Hon’ble External Affairs Minister, Smt Sushma Swarajji and discussed a number of important topics including continuing to promote Yoga amongst the global community and the upcoming International Yoga Day. They spoke about the great success of the 29th Annual International Yoga Festival at Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh, which welcomed more then 1700 participants from 101 nations. Pujya...

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May 11 2017

Humanitarian Aid International Conference at India Habitat Center

Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji addressed a conference by Humanitarian Aid International on the important role of faith based organizations and civil society organizations in Disaster Risk Reduction. Her high level panel was chaired by eminent journalist Shri Vir Sanghvi and also included Dr. V. Thiruppagazh, Joint Secretary National Disaster Management Authority, Govt of India, Shefali Chaturdevi, CEO, CII Foundation and Jagadananda, co-founder CYSD and former Odisha State Information Commissioner. Member of Parliament Shashi Tharoor and many other top representatives from Civil Society and NGOs were also present. She represented the faith...

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Apr 29 2017

GIWA and GAP Sign MOU with WWF-India

Global Interfaith WASH Alliance and Ganga Action Parivar signed an MOU with WWF-India to join hands together in our work for Ganga, water wildlife and our divine Mother Earth’s gorgeous life-giving and life-sustaining natural habitat. We had an official MOU signing event at their headquarters in Delhi yesterday. [srizonfbalbum id=118]...

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Apr 25 2017

Meeting on Faith-Based Organizations at the World Bank

Pujya Swamiji and Sadhvi Bhagawatiji participated at a high level roundtable held by Jim Yong Kim at the World Bank during their Spring Meetings, on the role of faith, faith leaders and faith based organizations in eliminating extreme poverty. In an incredibly compelling, nearly five hour discussion, they discussed issues ranging from water, sanitation, stunting and open defecation to hunger and violence against women and children. The exciting work of the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA) and the Divine Shakti Foundation (DSF) in these areas was shared and discussed....

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Apr 07 2017

2017 WIN Conference: Creating the Future

Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji spoke at the 2017 Women’s International Networking (WIN), an independent global leadership organization, Conference entitled Creating the Future.  Sadhviji was joined by Manisha Giotra, CEO, Moelis, Namrita Jhangiani, Consultant, Egon Zehnder, and Mallika Bajaj, Director/CMO, MIXILION/Little Yellow Beetle Media on a panel at one of the main plenary sessions entitled “Women with Vision & the Future Career.” Sadhviji stated, “That equality doesn’t have to mean the same as being a man.”  She further emphasized, “…the importance of empowering ALL aspects of the feminine, including Mother Nature and Mother...

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Apr 07 2017

Pujya Swamiji, Sadhvi Bhagawatiji, and Mananiya LK Advaniji Discuss Solutions to Pollution

During Mananiya LK Advaniji visit, important discussions took place in the presence of HH Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji – Munijiji, President of Parmarth Niketan (Rishikesh), Founder, Ganga Action Parivar and Global Interfaith WASH Alliance India (GIWA), led by Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji, Secretary General, GIWA, about the many solutions to the pollution and the multi-faceted threats facing our National River Ganga and our planet. They discussed and lauded the landmark verdict of the Uttarakhand High Court, which ordered that the Ganga River and its major tributaries such as the River Yamuna and...

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