Best of Fest 3Roslyn Bern presented the award to Elisa Paloschi, producer and director of the film, shown here with Selvi and her daughter. This documentary is about a former child bride who becomes Karnataka, India’s first female taxi driver.

After the life of the film is over, Elisa wants to make sure that something sustainable is left behind, and that Selvi’s story will continue to impact women and girls across India (and beyond) – in keeping with Leacross foundation’s goals.

Elisa hopes to:
1. Shift attitudes about child marriage and open dialogue about non-traditional livelihoods for women – Grass roots and community screenings.
2. Create training opportunities for women in non-tradtional livelihoods (taxi driving to start) – Partner with NGOs and training facilities and provide training grants.
3. Create jobs in the driving business – Partner with a major bank, CSR and business development org to develop a co-op/umbrella style infrastructure for women to work together. Provide low interest loans to women to purchase cars.

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Kaela Shea, University of Guelph with Roslyn Bern, Leacross President and Hailey Lowden, Carleton University

Hailey Lowden and Kaela Shea are this year’s recipients of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute’s Leacross intern program in bio-medical research.



UntitledHealthy Relationships for Youth (HRY) is a school-based, peer-facilitated violence prevention program developed by the Antigonish Women’s Resource Centre and Sexual Assault Services Association and offered in partnership with schools locally and across Nova Scotia.  The program trains students from Grades 10-12 to deliver a series of twelve HRY sessions to Grade 9 students in partnership with the classroom teacher.  The interactive sessions are designed to reduce the risk of violence for youth through developing their skills and knowledge about creating and maintaining healthy relationships. HRY program info – Leacross