TEDx : Vignan University, Guntur
This story tells about the how life can be transformed after going through a string of criticism. The story of Jyoti Dhawale inspires us to change our life's plight into something worthy of adoration. Though, the idea of "Everything starts with criticism" was inspired by the Lamborghini evolution, this story has proved to be one of its kind. Jyothi Dhawale (a.k.a JoDha) so warmly admits that she is just not HIV positive, but also have always been positive in life. This is a heart-wrenching story of a woman who refused to let other ruin her happiness, instead took matters in her own hands and made her life beautiful. Dhawale is a staunch supporter of the rights and equality of PLWHA, LGBT community and supports LGBT movement in India. She has been involved in various activities concerning human rights, human trafficking, sex workers and women and child health, since 2007. Through the medium of the internet and personal meetings, she has counselled and guided many HIV (infected/affected) and suicide related cases. She has supported Bapuji Center for AIDS Research & Education, (B'CARE) since 2012 as a Regional Co-Ordinator for its Hyderabad-Mumbai AIDS Ride 2014. She is also a motivational speaker at Deep Griha Society based in Pune. Dhawale uses Facebook as a medium to promote awareness and education of People Living With HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) and is connected with other international activists as well as PLWHA survivors. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.