OLS is based out of Maine and we rely on our networks and contacts at local resources to coordinate activities, understand cultural sensitivities, bridge the language gap, identify children in need who are deserving of scholarships, communicate with local Ladakhi women about what services are available, and assist with logistics.
The Ladakhi Women's Welfare Network (LWWN)
Ladakhi Women’s Welfare Network (LWWN) was founded by a small group of women in 2014 all under the age of forty. Membership has rapidly grown and is comprised of a very diverse group of both women and men from all over Ladakh with a wide range of professional backgrounds. Members range from hospital staff, students, office clerks, business women, teachers, administrators, and journalists. It is a democratic organization as executive members are selected by body members by ballot.
LWWN works on empowerment of women and all issues around women's welfare in Ladakh. It supports women dealing with very difficult issues such as rape and abuse while helping to spread awareness about women's rights. It works to improve access to healthcare for women and is working to create opportunities to learn new skills and ensure dignity. LWWN is working to ensure government initiatives to improve women's welfare are being implemented as intended and looks to provide support for women who want to participate in programs for individual development.
LWWN is not affiliated with any religious or political institution and works independently for the welfare of the people of Ladakh.