Collective for Women's Empowerment

About Us

SanghWE was founded in July 2016 by Padmaja Surendranath and her team. It aims to provide access to affordable, high quality, and self-directed support for psychosocial care and emotional healing to South Asian survivors of gender-based violence in the US, India and other countries in South Asia.

Padmaja Surendranath
Founder, SanghWE

…founded SanghWE with the aim of bringing about a transformation in society’s attitudes towards emotional healing from sexual abuse and trauma. Padmaja is a software developer with an advanced degree in Educational Technology and is a survivor of sexual abuse currently in active recovery.

Rachel Grant
Project Manager, SanghWE

..holds an M.A. in Counseling Psychology and is the owner and founder of Rachel Grant Coaching. As a Sexual Abuse Recovery Coach, she developed her program, Beyond Surviving, to change the way we think about and heal from trauma. Based on her educational training, study of neuroscience, and lessons learned from her own journey, she has successfully used this program since 2007 to help her clients break free from the past and move on with their lives. In 2019, she partnered with Padmaja to co-create the Leadership Professional Development Program, SanghWE TIES:Workplaces for Women. Given the epidemic that trauma is, it is critical that workplaces evolve to be not just a place of business — but also a place of healing. Women, and trauma survivors in particular, deserve to thrive, excel, and become productive and successful. Workplaces that are trauma informed and emotionally sensitive create safe spaces for women to achieve these goals and avoid becoming a source of re-traumatization.

Richa Shrinivas
Web Designer & Developer

…designs, develops and manages SanghWE’s website. Richa is a senior developer with several years of experience working on a variety of web applications. She has a Masters Degree from Georgia Institute of Technology with a strong computer science background and creative insight. Good user exprience and interface designs are part of the core fundamentals of her work.