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She waived her anonymity as rape survivor to set up maternity clinic for victims of sexual violence


Indian-origin Pavan Amara’s My Body Back Project establishes facility in association with Barts Health NHS Trust

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An Indian-origin rape survivor in the UK recently opened the country’s first maternity clinic for rape and sexual assault victims, providing them with specially-trained midwives and psychologists, reports PTI.

The Indian-origin woman has founded the My Body Back Project, which has jointly established the new maternity clinic with the Barts Health NHS Trust in London. The clinic will provide extra antenatal support with specially-trained midwives, psychologists and paediatricians.

If it proves successful, it could be rolled out across other UK hospitals as well. “They don’t have to say what happened, although they can if they want to. Whatever they feel is right for them. We will then book them an appointment and take it from there,” Pavan Amara, the founder of the My Body Back Project, said.

Amara, who was raped as a teenager, waived her anonymity as a victim when she helped set up a sexual health clinic at the Royal London Hospital for victims of sexual violence last August. With more than 800 women using the service since it was set up, talks are under way to open a similar unit in Glasgow, reports BBC.

Though the service will be integrated into a regular maternity ward at the Royal London Hospital, women will follow a different antenatal route from the moment they are referred. As well as being offered extra, longer meetings with specially-trained staff, women will be able to have more of a say as to how their birthing rooms are laid out and legal advice over their medical checks.

The clinic will also provide antenatal classes and breastfeeding advice, which has been altered for women who have experienced sexual attacks, and offer specialist gynaecological examinations and mental health support after labour.

“There might be some characteristics that come across during the birth and it’s a shame because if we had known before we could have worked with them during the birth to help them have a positive pregnancy,” Inderjeet Kaur, consultant midwife at the clinic, told BBC.

Women can also self-refer to the maternity clinic by emailing the team to make an appointment.

The Indian-origin woman’s team has already received many international emails from women who cannot use the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) but she also plans to offer women in other countries one-off appointments in the form of video calls.


She could not find a ballet class in New York City, so she created one – a platform that gives customers access to thousands of boutique fitness classes in their area


Indian-origin entrepreneur Payal Kadakia was named among the most promising businesswomen of 2015 by Fortune magazine

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Randolph, New Jersey-based Payal Kadakia was all set take her beginner’s ballet courses to the next level. But as luck would have it, she tried but failed to find a decent ballet class in New York City where she could enroll herself in.

“I didn’t know if the classes I was finding online were the right level for me, if they had the right teachers, or if I had even brought the right clothes with me – and all that intimidation sort of made me not go,” she told Business Insider.

“In that moment, I realised the pain point that most people must experience in staying connected to their hobbies and passions,” Fortune magazine quoted her as saying. Thus was born ClassPass, a start-up that gives customers access to thousands of boutique fitness classes in their area.

“ClassPass is only two-year-old, but it has already booked more than 7 million fitness class reservations at gyms and studios across the US, plus Canada and the UK,” Fortune magazine quoted her as saying.

The 32-year-old CEO and co-founder of ClassPass was named among the most promising businesswomen of 2015 by Fortune magazine in its annual recognition of 10 women innovators, groundbreakers and game changers in September last year.

Each year, Fortune crowns 10 innovators, groundbreakers and game changers as ‘Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs’. “From drones to metal alloys to snack foods — that covers the range of innovation coming from Fortune’s newly anointed Most Promising Women Entrepreneurs,” Fortune said.

Fortune said Kadakia’s idea tapped into a fitness craze. Now live in 39 cities globally, her $400-million start-up has changed the way people are choosing to work out. What’s more, her company makes its first move toward global expansion by opening up the service to Australians, reports Elite Daily.

The monthly membership allows users to take their pick of classes at various gyms and studios, exploring a variety of workout options throughout their city. The membership varies by city, but ranges from $79 to $125 a month for unlimited classes users can book directly on the app.

“We wanted people to walk into a studio with no prior experience and feel like they can do it – taking all the friction of picking and choosing a fitness program away,” she told Verve magazine.

“No matter your age, leading a company is both challenging and exhilarating. With ClassPass it’s particularly rewarding since we are making a direct impact on people’s lives. I think the most important thing is to always be you, regardless of your age, sex or race,” added Kadakia, who graduated from MIT with a degree in Operations Research in 2005, before picking up a career in consulting at Bain & Company.

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