Published: 31st March 2018
Want some #GirlLove? This Hyderabad-girl's FB group will give you a daily dose of 'women-spiration'
The Last Mile Connection, an all-women Facebook group, started by 24-year-old Apoorva Marur began aims at making women stand up for each other
Body shaming, name calling, pulling others down — these are some of the reasons a woman’s greatest enemy in society is not a man, but another woman. And like many others, Apoorva Marur too had enough. Having worked as a film producer with Still Waters Films and several other companies on Telugu, Hindi and Ad films, Marur experienced this hypocrisy, first-hand. "On the one hand, we talk about being treated as equals by men, but on the other hand, among women, we don't treat each other equally," huffs the 24-year-old.
On International Women's Day, Marur encouraged the group to share a story and a picture related to the hashtag #MeAndMyGirls
Tired of this, the Hyderabadi girl started the Facebook page, The Lass Mile Connection about three months ago, to spread positivity and #GirlLove — a hashtag popularised by none other than YouTube sensation, IISuperwomanII aka Lilly Singh. "While healthy competition is always good, what women need to be doing is making each other stronger," stresses Marur. And within a short span of time, the group gathered 500 strong and like-minded women, "who share the ideology of coming together for the sole purpose of spreading positivity to empower each other," says Marur, who informs us that the members of the group range between the ages of 18 and 55. Did we forget to mention that they hail from different parts of the world?
Smile please: Timbrel Chyatee Adidala, founder of Lush Bazaar
If you join this closed group, don't expect just regular, inspirational quotes and videos to be posted or even those random memes that populate your timeline for no reason. Here, you’ll get your daily dose of women-spiration as Marur posts exclusive interviews of women who have helped other women rise, like, for example, the recent interview with Timbrel Chyatee Adidala, who started Lush Bazaar, a fashion label that essentially works with underprivileged woman. And the most recent development on the group has been ‘The +ve Spoken Word’, where Marur invites artists to perform, record and share their spoken word pieces on the group.
We focus on empowering women through positivity as we have been seeing an increase in hatred among and towards women
Apoorva Marur, founder, The Lass Mile Connection
All this in a bid to reach out to more and more woman, so that they can preach just one mantra, "Don't hate, just motivate," shares Marur, who shuttles between Australia and India. Marur also hopes to organise fortnightly or monthly offline meets because "personal connections happen only face to face," she says. And that's when the group transcends into a support system which looks after its members.
Speaking up: Neha Mishra, their first Spoken Word author
Marur detests the male-bashing undertones that feminism has acquired over the years when the real focus should be plain old ‘equality for all’. "We just want to empower women and preach positivity," she reiterates. Then why start all-women groups? After all, men are subjected to their fair share of hatred too. Though Marur accepts this disparity, she truthfully admits that right now, she just wants to concentrate on #GirlLove.
Check the group out at facebook.com/groups/405689649869432/