The University of Virginia (UVA) has 732 clubs/contracted independent organizations (CIOs), but not one of them devoted itself specifically towards helping underprivileged women, until now. I started UN Women-USNC at UVA since I believe that, as students of a modern university and citizens of a developed society, it is up to me and my peers at UVA to help improve the standing of women in society.
In the 21st century, the age of progress and new ideas, women continue to stand at the bottom of the socio-economic ladder due to the prevalent patriarchal social system and lack of resources. Female UVA students, like me, have the opportunity to secure higher education and the hopes of a promising career.
We have basic freedoms that many women lack, and I feel that it is important for the students at UVA to empower women worldwide. It will bring a new perspective to UVA students, while helping millions of women and girls realize their dreams.
Maya Venkatraman, Founder of UVA Club