OUr mission statement
Women4Change Indiana is a nonpartisan, grassroots, collaborative organization whose mission is to equip and mobilize women to engage effectively in political and civic affairs in order to strengthen our democracy and to advocate for the leadership, health, safety and dignity of all women in Indiana.
Our founders, Rabbi Sandy Sasso and Jennifer Nelson Williams, were deeply disturbed by the breakdown in civility witnessed during the heated 2016 presidential campaign. After the election, they decided to do something to help restore civil discourse in our society. When more than 800 people showed up for the first meeting of Women4Change Indiana (W4CI), they knew they were onto something big, so they established a steering committee to help develop a strategic plan that would guide the organization's focus in the long term.
In October 2017, a board of directors was convened. The board, along with Executive Director Rima Shahid, will oversee the implementation of this plan moving forward.
Our Civility Pledge
Civility is a core W4CI value. In fact it's so important to us that we developed a Civility Pledge. We use it to guide our direction as a group and our actions as individual members. We ask that you model this behavior in your daily life (both online and off) because change starts with us!
- I pledge to be civil and respectful in my public discourse and behavior.
- I will honor the dignity of others, whether in agreement or disagreement.
- I will respond to incivility and speak up in the presence of name-calling, stereotypes, slander and slurs.
- I will do this for the sake of our children, for the healing of our country, for the future of democracy and for peace.
OUr Executive Director
Rima Shahid is a founding member of the W4CI Steering Committee. As executive director, she leads the daily coordination of W4CI activities and programs as well as strategic plans for growth and impact, while engaging the organization’s base of grassroots volunteers.
Rima previously worked at the Muslim Alliance of Indiana, where she served as executive director from 2015-2017. During that time, she significantly enhanced the alliance’s impact by developing major new programs and initiatives to build community. Rima is also a well-known speaker at political and interfaith events throughout Indiana.
A native Hoosier, Rima spent more than a decade living in the Middle East, where she worked as trade development officer at the Pakistan Embassy in Bahrain.
Photo by Lisa Bonkosky