Adalah: Ending Gender-Based Violence

$3,673 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 65 people in 65 months
We're raising $10,000 to launch an important project, and need YOUR support! Every bit helps - and feel free to share this page! Gender-based violence and human rights abuses committed in the name of religion or culture affect all of us.

The Adalah Initiative, founded by Raquel Evita Saraswati
(twitter: will work to eradicate honor and gender-based violence and seek sustainable solutions to extremism. We will also advocate for greater representation of like-minded voices in the media (with a particular focus on new media). Our effort is different in one key way: it will also work to support, strengthen and raise awareness about the work of others dedicated to ending human rights abuses, especially gender-based violence. A full project proposal has been developed, with specific steps to achieve these goals outlined. This initiative aims to be a holistic approach to ending gender-based violence and solving some of the most pressing problems of our time.

The Initiative will accomplish its goals through awareness building, (research, writing, publishing and public speaking), as well as creating tangible change through on-the-ground and digital activism.  One project is a special kind of micro-grant program aimed at truly solving the problem of poverty and its link to extremism. Those interested in contributing larger amounts are welcome to contact me to discuss the project's overall goals, specific objectives and startup requirements.

Steps to officially establish the organization have begun. While there is a long road ahead, some key resources are needed to maximize efficiency:

* Technology upgrade including the acquisition of a tablet for more efficient, mobile work;

* An initial fund for website development and maintenance (domain names have already been purchased with personal funds, and a volunteer graphic designer has already produced a fantastic logo!);

* An initial fund to legally establish the entity, which may include legal counsel.

Above: with members of Girl Be Heard (formerly Project Girl) after my talk at the United Nations first International Day of the Girl Child

Above: after speaking to fantastic Muslim and non-Muslim student leaders in Southern California

Above: with students after a talk on honor and gender-based violence

Above: speaking at the United Nations for the launch of the first International Day of the Girl Child
The "goal" on this page may be increased at a later date. Useful information and points: 5% of funds raised on GoFundMe are collected in service fees, and gifts are not tax-deductible. You will receive no goods or services in exchange for your contribution. The legal establishment of an organization and production of related materials will occur on a timeline determined by us and based on our resources.
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THANK YOU to all of the incredibly generous people who have supported this effort. We will use the initial funds, minus the 10% paid in fees, to get a computer during the holiday sale season!
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All: I am incredibly moved by the tremendous outpouring of support for this project. In less than a month we have raised nearly $1,500! Thank you all for your generosity as well as your confidence in this project. While this path has never been an easy one to walk, there's no other path I'd ever choose - and each step is easier with your company. The goal of a safe world for women and girls (as well as vulnerable boys and men) is shared by all of us - of all faiths and none. May we never lose sight of this truth, and may we remain vigilant in our efforts.

Peace, love and light,
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$3,673 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 65 people in 65 months
Created July 15, 2013
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Kristen Callahan
4 months ago

Thank you for all the hard work you’re doing

Onlysion Derochea
37 months ago

I hope you are able to reach your goal. Although your work has already brought grace and love to so many you have already accomplished a wonderful goal.

Onlysion Derochea
38 months ago

God Bless you Raquel Evita Saraswati. I treasure this time to share.

Vasudha Gupta
47 months ago

Good luck and thank you for the great work!

Paul Reynolds
49 months ago

Good Luck - I hope you reach your target

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