#6 Episode - Ginee Wadhawan A Social Worker, Inspiring millions through her foundation 'Daughters are blessings"
EFox Question - Hi Ginee,tell us a little bit about your background and career as Business Manager?
Ginee Wadhawan - I was in a US corporate education institute for 17 long years , left 2 years back years June'2016 resigned as Marketing Head Asia Pacific with loads of experience. I left to be with my father who was suffering from a deadly disease. During my tenure i met so many people traveled across and learnt there is so much to teach and learn from the world. My father was very proud of my job and told me "Daughters are blessings" and everything started from there I made a page on Facebook with this started writing my heart out during my travels. I have been in Mumbai for 20 yrs have a daughter who is 17 yrs is also one of the reason of my page , i managed to balance my work and my child both very efficiently.
EFox Question - You are doing fantastic work at your own foundation 'Daughters are blessings', Can you elaborate how did you get engage with this idea initially?
Ginee Wadhawan - We humans are a gift of god , and being a woman is a greatest gift , and rightly said by my father "DAUGHTERS ARE BLESSINGS" I understood this so well because even i have a daughter , my love for little angels across whom i met during my travels made me start, somewhere when u touch an emotional cord of people they respond to it and that's what happened with the page it rose to half a million people in just 5 years . People love to let there heart out and express love for their Daughters and encourage them.
EFox Question - What is the vision of your foundation 'Daughters are blessings'?
Ginee Wadhawan - Visions are plenty to name a few are
1.Draw people to common work
2.Give hope for a better future
3.Inspire community members to realize their dreams through positive, effective action
4. Every girl child should know its worth because she is a blessings to the world .
5. Empower people with positivity.
6.This is because girls of today are the women of tomorrow.
EFox Question - How one can be part of your foundation and contribute to 'Daughters are blessings' ?
Ginee Wadhawan - Our foundation has no set rules to follow , one can join it by
1.Giving us leads to meet people in outskirts
2.Help us know there needs and what resources they need so we can join hands with people who are interested and work towards it .
3. Contribute there part in whichever way to promote girl child, educate them , empower them, manage there basic needs towards it .
EFox Question - How did you first become interested in social work and counseling (about parenting) as a career?
Ginee Wadhawan - It all started with just my love for these angels , and when i came across people who had no confidence on there girls i decided someone has to take a step and educate them empower them. The world is very different in big cities and smaller we have to work very hard on them.
EFox Question - What do you hope to accomplish as a social worker?
Ginee Wadhawan - I do not dream about big things. All I want to do is helping people who were not lucky in life, not as lucky as I have been. I want to do this on a daily basis, and I chose social work to follow this goal.I want to help in the development of young personalities. Young children are faced with such adversities now. I want to help children find the right direction and pursue life in positive ways , that's where the social work takes the lead as the government of any country cannot reach of each and every corner.
EFox Question - Why it is important to save and educate girls? What are your opinions?
Ginee Wadhawan - Discrimination against girls in society has been going on since ages now. Even today, there are several sections where the girl child is treated as a burden. Helping women carve a positive self-image and increase their confidence level. Enabling them to develop the ability to think critically. Ensuring that they have equal participation in decision making, whether it’s in the family or at the community level.Providing economic independence to women.The role of education is extremely important here and goes a long way in empowering women. And the process of education has to begin early in life.The mindset that a girl is a liability needs to be changed and this requires happening at the grass root level.
EFox Question - To effectively parent your daughters, what are some excellent parenting tips that can help along the way?
Ginee Wadhawan - Parenting can be easy , if we understand it well by remembering some basic things Don't clip your child's wings.Don't try to fix everything for them , let them fight their battles.Remember that discipline is not punishment.Make them believe in themselves, encourage them at regular intervals.Don't make assumptions about her strengths and weaknesses. Let her follow her dreams , a duty as a parent is to show them the pro's n con's but let her decide and walk on it. BE WITH HER ALWAYS.
EFox Question - What were the biggest challenges that you faced in your 17 years career and how did you overcome it?
Ginee Wadhawan - I am thankful to my last job which gave me hoards of experience .I had my share of challenges while working , being a women lot of times I was not given a fair chance to prove myself , I was allowed to countries/work which could be finished soon , so I could be back in due course. Just because you are a woman and managing your house does not give anyone a chance to judge you i strongly feel , but i am happy in these 17 year I proved lot of them wrong , I managed all my sectors of life beautiful and I am so proud of it today One must understand that a working woman loves your concern but not your sympathy. She wishes to be recognized with her talent and not her gender.
EFox Question - What advice you would like to give to fellow entrepreneurs who are just starting? What is your take on Entrepreneurship?
Ginee Wadhawan - Find your passion. The most successful startups are founded by people who are passionate about what they do.Know your market, yes its very important to understand what they need and what you can provide. Have a vision , this will take you long in your career,Get your finances in order. Prepare to make sacrifices. Be a planner , that is the key to everything ,Accept your faults with grace . All these are from my experience of these years and everyday i learn something new which i am open to.Entrepreneurship is about blazing new trails, about believing in yourself, your mission and inspiring others to join you in the journey.The ability to listen, whether it be to the opinions/suggestions. You must have the confidence to make your own choices.It is a struggle that an entrepreneur is willing to battle. It is using past experiences and intelligence to make smart decisions.Lastly , see opportunity everywhere.