After giving up a successful career as a corporate brand manager in Hong Kong last year, 30-year-old Srishti Bakshi decided to walk across the country to educate women about how digital and financial literacy could change their lives. An Empower Women Champion for Change 2016-2017, she's all set to march 3,800 km -from Kanyakumari to Srinagar -over 260 days starting September 15.
Collaborating with Deepak Ramola, a featured UN speaker, educator and writer who conducts life-skills workshops, Srishti has split her travels into walk days and workshop days. She will be covering 2530km on each day of walking, but will make each place a base for four to five days to visit nearby places."I will be walking and talking to women in 110 rural locations and 52 towns. We will start walking at 5am on walk days. The content o f my workshops has been designed to make listeners more engaged; it is tailor-made for different audiences.Digital and financial literacy can liberate these women. We need to break the barriers of fear and ignorance, when it comes to technology ," she said.