Responding in the Red Zone
Wednesday, August 24, 2022, 5:00:00 PM UTC
The first six weeks on a university/college campus are known as The Red Zone, when first-year students are at the highest risk of encountering sexual violence. Join Rachna Khare, Executive Director of Daya, on Wednesday, August 24th at 12pm CT for an engaging conversation on supporting survivors of domestic and sexual violence.
Special Guest: Rachna Khare, Daya Executive Director
Lunch & Learn: Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Monday, April 25, 2022, 5:00:00 PM UTC
Join Daya on Monday, April 25th at noon CT to close out Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Our featured speaker, Tenaz Sunavala, will discuss digital safety for teenagers. With dating and chatting applications having very limited restrictions on age limits, human traffickers and predators are using social media to lure innocent teenagers into sex trafficking and violence. Register today to learn how you can help build safer online spaces for teens.
Special Guest: Tenaz Sunavala
Brown Bodies Bold Stories
Sunday, April 10, 2022, 7:00:00 PM UTC
On April 10 from 2-4pm, join Daya and SAYHU for Brown Bodies, Bold Stories, our annual storytelling series where the community shares original stories, poems, songs, spoken word pieces, and inspirational works to connect us all. This year’s theme, Connections from Afar, will be led by Domestic Violence Advocate, Annesa Tabassum. Check her out @ovo_nessa on TikTok.
Register here to reserve your spot and get all the details on how to share your piece! When you share your stories, you inspire us to take the plunge and make connections in virtual spaces.
Justice for Kaur: Breaking Down Women-Led Misogyny in South Asia
Friday, March 11, 2022, 1:00:00 AM UTC
Join Daya and RISE Women as we discuss and debrief the tragic female-led sexual assault in New Delhi on January 26th. We'll explore how patriarchal structures in society serve to reinforce women perpetrating violence against other women and why we need to work together to address and dismantle these systems.
Special Guest: Shana Abraham, RISE Women Co
Daya Under the Stars
Sunday, November 7, 2021, 11:30:00 PM UTC
Constellation Field, Sugar Land
25th Anniversary Celebration
Musical Performance by Penn Masala
Daya Book Club - "Saaya Unveiled: South Asian Mental Health Spotlighted"
Tuesday, October 5, 2021, 11:00:00 PM UTC
Join Daya for our next Book Club event featuring Mrinal Gokhale, author of “Saaya Unveiled: South Asian Mental Health Spotlighted.” October’s book selection shares true stories of second-generation Indian, Pakistani, and Bangladeshi immigrants who navigate mental health in the West (U.S., U.K., and Canada). Each featured interviewee discusses how destigmatizing mental health became their fight, and how they're bridging the gap of access, education, and acceptance between generations. From topics like identity, culture, socialization, academia, love, loss, and trauma, each unique story unveils a part of the shadow (saaya) of mental health in South Asian diaspora. Register now to learn Mrinal’s inspiration behind the book and her work to promote education and acceptance of mental health in South Asian communities.
Special Guest: Mrinal Gokhale
Lunch & Learn: The Power of Boundaries
Thursday, September 9, 2021, 5:00:00 PM UTC
Join us for this masterclass in saying yes to boundaries with expert coach, Indrani Goradia.
Special Guest: Indrani Goradia
Lunch & Learn What Is Spiritual Abuse
Thursday, August 19, 2021, 5:00:00 PM UTC
For this edition of Daya's Lunch & Learn, we'll be talking about spiritual abuse with guest speaker, Sara Bawany, LCSW from FACE (Facing Abuse in Community Environments). Spiritual abuse is using religion to manipulate, control and bully through the guise of religion, religious principles or claims to spirituality. We'll be learning about examples of spiritual abuse and the work FACE is doing in this realm to increase community accountability for abuse in the Muslim community.
Special Guest: Sara Bawany
July 2021 Clothing Drive – Sugar Land
Saturday, July 31, 2021, 3:00:00 PM UTC
16959 Southwest Fwy, Sugar Land, TX 77479
Clean your closets to raise money for Daya! In partnership with Reuse Textiles Recycling Company, Daya’s next Clothing Drive will be on Saturday, July 31st from 10am-3pm at 16959 Southwest Fwy, Sugar Land, TX 77479. Bring your bagged new, like new and gently used clothing, shoes, and household linens to our clothing drive for a COVID safe drop-off. For more information on how Daya accepts clothing donations click here: dayahouston.org/clothing-donation. Please share this event with your friends and family. We hope to see you there!
July 2021 Clothing Drive – Gujarati Samaj
Sunday, July 25, 2021, 3:00:00 PM UTC
9550 W Bellfort Ave, Houston, TX 77031
Clean your closets to raise money for Daya! In partnership with Reuse Textiles Recycling Company, Daya’s next Clothing Drive will be on Sunday, July 25th from 10am-3pm at 9550 W Bellfort Ave, Houston, TX 77031 (Gujrathi Samaj). Bring your bagged new, like new and gently used clothing, shoes, and household linens to our clothing drive for a COVID safe drop-off. For more information on how Daya accepts clothing donations click here: dayahouston.org/clothing-donation. Please share this event with your friends and family. We hope to see you there!
Yoga Therapy with Bollycurves
Saturday, July 17, 2021, 9:00:00 PM UTC
3334 FM 1092 Rd #405, Missouri City, Texas, 77459
Join Daya and Bollycurves for a 1 Hour Yoga Therapy Session on Saturday July 17th @ 4pm-5pm. Work out, feel good, and help support Daya! Bring your yoga mat, mask, and water.
Dine for Daya at Tarka Indian Kitchen - City West
Monday, July 5, 2021, 4:00:00 PM UTC
10550 Westheimer Rd, Ste 300 Houston, TX 77042
Daya is proud to partner with Tarka Indian Kitchen on the grand opening of their new Houston Location near Westheimer and Beltway 8: 10550 Westheimer Rd, Ste 300, Houston, TX 77042. Treat yourself to some delicious food between July 5 and July 11. 20% of proceeds are donated directly to Daya!
Building Boundaries: Healthy Space with Those You Love
Tuesday, May 25, 2021, 10:30:00 PM UTC
"Boundaries are the distance at which I can love you and love me simultaneously" - Prentis Hemphill
In many collectivistic South Asian cultures, social factors like family, culture, religion and community greatly impact decision-making. Many in the South Asian community (survivors, youth, young adults, and LGBTQ folks) face pressure to hide their identities or silence their experiences in the name of honoring the family and the culture. However, setting and respecting boundaries is essential to any and every relationship - in all cultures. In healthy relationships of all kinds, you should feel comfortable communicating your needs without fear of what another person will do in response.
Join Counselors & Client Advocates from Daya (Houston), Raksha (Atlanta), and Chetna (Dallas) to discuss how to express your wants, goals, fears, and limits so that everyone's boundaries are honored.
Lunch & Learn: Critical Collaborations - Addressing Homelessness for Survivors
Thursday, May 13, 2021, 5:00:00 PM UTC
Research has found that more than a third of DV survivors report becoming homeless immediately after separating from their partners. In fact, finding a safe place to live is one of the biggest challenges that Daya clients face when fleeing abusive homes. To address this enormous risk, we cannot work alone. Daya works with the Coalition for the Homeless to ensure the risks and barriers of South Asian survivors are not underestimated. Join us for this lunch and learn to find out about how Daya is partnering across the city to combat homelessness for survivors.
Brown Bodies, Bold Stories: The Ways We Heal
Sunday, April 18, 2021, 7:00:00 PM UTC
Across our trauma, we can heal. Tell us your story because love grows when we share it with one another. Share an original story, poem, or spoken word; or read a published work that has informed your healing journey as a South Asian person. We are strong in our vulnerability.
Seeking Support: Ending Mental Health Stigmas in the South Asian Community
Wednesday, May 25, 2022, 10:30:00 PM UTC
Fort Bend County Library - University Branch (Meeting Room #2), 14010 University Boulevard, Sugar Land, TX 77479
To honor Mental Health Awareness Month and AAPI Heritage Month, join Daya to break the stigma of mental health help and to improve the health of our community!
Learn from a panel of mental health professionals, ask your questions, hear a survivor’s account of psychological abuse, and work together to address common stigmas.
Spring Clothing Drive
Saturday, April 23, 2022, 3:00:00 PM UTC
Alings Chinese Bistro
6542 US-90 ALT, Sugar Land, TX 77498
Clean your closets to raise money for Daya! In partnership with Reuse Textiles Recycling Company, Daya’s Spring Clothing Drive will be on Saturday, April 23rd from 10am-4pm at Alings Chinese Bistro (6542 US-90 ALT, Sugar Land, TX 77498). Bring your bagged new, like new and gently used clothing, shoes, and household linens to our clothing drive drop-off. For more information on how Daya accepts clothing donations click here: dayahouston.org/clothing-donation. Please share this event with your friends and family. We hope to see you there!
Writing Your Personal Narrative | Workshop by Mrinal Gokhale
Saturday, March 26, 2022, 6:00:00 PM UTC
Join Rasksha, Daya, and HAWCYL as we learn to craft our own narratives using the power of words. The workshop will be led by Mrinal Gokhale, author of "Saaya Unveiled: South Asian Mental Health Spotlighted.
Women We Admire
Wednesday, March 9, 2022, 12:00:00 AM UTC
In honor of International Women's Day, we’re celebrating 6 fearless women in our community with a fun and engaging panel that will leave you inspired.
-Judge Stuti Trehan Patel
Faith & Family Violence: Recognizing and Addressing Abuse
Tuesday, October 19, 2021, 3:00:00 PM UTC
The Interfaith Advisory Council, led by AVDA, Daya, and HCDVCC, invites faith leaders, first ladies, religious teachers, and people of influence across Houston's diverse faith communities to "Faith & Family Violence," an interactive training and discussion on recognizing and addressing abuse in our communities.
Money Matters: The Trauma of Financial Abuse
Friday, September 24, 2021, 12:00:00 AM UTC
Join Daya and our national partners from Sakhi (NY) and Narika (CA) for a dynamic and expert panel. Learn to recognize various forms of financial abuse, understand their devastating toll, and support the strategies that help survivors reclaim their financial freedom.
Daya Book Club - "Her Brave Journey"
Wednesday, August 25, 2021, 11:00:00 PM UTC
Join Daya for our August Book Club event featuring Swati Singh, author of “Her Brave Journey.” Swati’s debut novel tells the story of Kiara, a South Asian American woman who is stuck in the vicious and confusing cycle of abuse. Swati’s hope is that Kiara’s story will inspire, empower, and strengthen the soul. Register now to discuss the “Her Brave Journey” with the Daya community, learn the story behind the story, and ask Swati all your burning questions.
Swati Singh, Author
#25for25 - Dumplings for Daya
Tuesday, August 17, 2021, 12:00:00 AM UTC
As part of Daya's #25for25 silver anniversary celebration, join Daya on 8/16/2021 at 7pm CT for a virtual cooking class featuring dumplings from around the world! A graduate from the Arts Institute, Chef Keisha Griggs leads Ate Kitchen & Bocage Catering. Hailing from the Caribbean, Chef Griggs hopes her food will invoke memories of home, comfort, and family. Join us for this interactive class that highlights the universal dish of dumplings – learn the similarities around the world with this fun family favorite! The event will be held on Zoom at 7pm CT on 8/16/2021. Your Zoom link will be included in the transaction receipt emailed to you. You will also receive the recipes and ingredient list before the event.
Special Guest: Chef Keisha Griggs
#25for25 - An Evening with Alka Joshi
Thursday, July 29, 2021, 11:00:00 PM UTC
As part of Daya's #25for25 silver anniversary celebration, join us on 7/29/2021 at 6pm CT for an evening online with Alka Joshi, author of The Henna Artist - a Reese Witherspoon's Book Club pick and soon to be miniseries. Meet Alka, learn about her journey as a writer, and ask your questions about The Henna Artist and her newest novel, The Secret Keeper of Jaipur. The event will be held on Zoom from 6-7pm CT on 7/29/2021. Your Zoom link will be included in the transaction receipt emailed to you after purchasing tickets.
Special Guest: Alka Joshi
July 2021 Clothing Drive - Inner Loop
Saturday, July 24, 2021, 3:00:00 PM UTC
5133 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77056
Clean your closets to raise money for Daya! In partnership with Reuse Textiles Recycling Company, Daya’s next Clothing Drive will be on Saturday, July 24th from 10am-3pm at 5133 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77056 (Best Buy Parking Lot). Bring your bagged new, like new and gently used clothing, shoes, and household linens to our clothing drive for a COVID safe drop-off. For more information on how Daya accepts clothing donations click here: dayahouston.org/clothing-donation. Please share this event with your friends and family. We hope to see you there!
Reproductive Justice for Survivors of Gender Based Violence
Thursday, July 8, 2021, 8:00:00 PM UTC
Reproductive Justice, the human right to maintain personal bodily autonomy, have or not have children, and parent in safe and sustainable communities, was coined in 1994 by a group of Black women named the Women of African Descent for Reproductive Justice. Just 3 years later, 16 women-of-color-led organizations representing the Native American, Latin American, African American, and Asian American communities launched the nonprofit SisterSong to continue this national movement to uplift the needs of the most marginalized women, families, and communities. Presented by HCDVCC, Daya, the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum (NAPAWF), and Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Rice University (CSWGS), join us for an engaging conversation about the intersection of Reproductive Justice and the Movement to end Gender-Based Violence. Learn the history and build a future where we all have the economic, social, and political power to make decisions about our bodies and families.
Jennifer Wang, NAPAWF Deputy Director of Programs
Nusrat Ameen, Daya Senior Director Legal Services
Lunch & Learn - Social Justice Spotlight: Activism by South Asian Youth
Thursday, June 10, 2021, 5:00:00 PM UTC
Grab your lunch and join us to learn about our community's work to increase political engagement and visibility among South Asian youth in Houston and promote social justice within our multiracial community network.
In 2017 seven women of color in Houston recognized a need for a radical space for young South Asians in which they could build alliances as they engaged in social justice-oriented work. In friendship and with solidarity, South Asian Youth of Houston Unite (SAYHU) was formed by Eesha Pandit, Rachel Afi Quinn, Gayatri Joshi, Saneea Sakhyani, Samira Ali, Praveena Lakshmanan, and Rachna Khare.
Through community gatherings and events, an annual Summer Institute, and regional summits, SAYHU is establishing a social justice-minded South Asian network. In this lunch & learn, we'll meet previous SAYHU participants and learn how to get involved in social justice and community building across the South Asian Diaspora.
Huda Mitha, LMSW
Samridhdi Shrestha, SAYHU Intern
A 10-minute Break for Gender Equity & Mental Wellness
Wednesday, May 19, 2021, 8:00:00 PM UTC
Tenaz Sunavala, UN NGO Advocate for the Commission on the Status of Women, talks about how gender equity and mental wellbeing can achieve a better future for all.
Self-care through Self-Defense
Saturday, April 24, 2021, 4:00:00 PM UTC
Join us for a free virtual class from Self Defense 4 All. Japleen Kaur, founder of Self Defense 4 All and second-degree Tae Kwon Do belt, will teach us self defense training to build physical and mental strength. Self-defense training will equip you with techniques to stay safe and defend yourself when in danger. Take this time to focus on yourself, everyone is welcome!
Special Guest:Japleen Kaur, founder of Self Defense 4 All
Lunch & Learn - Safety while Swiping: Technology & Sexual Harassment
Thursday, April 8, 2021, 5:00:00 PM UTC
For April's Lunch & Learn, led by Reshmi Patel of RAINN, we'll build awareness about how sexual violence can occur online, how we can protect ourselves and our loved ones, and the many ways survivors and allies can use technology to builder a safer community.