The one who owns courage as their fuel for moving ahead are the real heroes of this world and one such story is of Sheroes cafe in Noida sector 21 run by the acid attack survivors. On Sunday, July 10, 2022, several members of Team Super Women Athletes Group (SWAG) reached Sheroes hangout cafe in Noida stadium to cheer for the survivors and boost their morale.
Sheroes is an initiative to help acid attack survivors in India. The first cafe was opened in Agra in 2013, followed by in Lucknow and now in Noida. After their visit, team SWAG through their social media urged everyone to support Sheroes cafe as this would help the survivors.
Noida Sheroes cafe is run by 9 ladies aged between 24-32 who are true examples of victory, strength, and fighters. The cafe runs in two shifts: from 6 am to 10 am and 4 pm to 10 pm.
Swag team also interacted with some of the survivors who work at the cafe. Kunti, from Lucknow, says, " I was young when I got married and my husband was behind this acid attack. I urge society to support acid attack survivors and be their strength because many people commit suicide because of this. Never lose yourself, take a step forward and the world will move two steps ahead in your support."
Rupa, from Muzzaffarnagar who is in Noida to train other girls, says, "I was attacked by my stepmother in 2008, it was my uncle who saved me and supported me in every phase of life. During the first five years, I quarantined myself, I used to cover my face always, and people used treated me harshly. My friend informed me about Sheroes in 2013. I joined this and I am in here today. I run the Agra cafe of sheroes."
Rupa further says, "Everyone must know that heat of the moment for you can destroy someone's life and that is a big deal."
Rupali Vishwakarma from Lucknow says, "I joined Sheroes in 2016, in Lucknow. This cafe aims to spread awareness about the acid attack, which is a crime and we also took part in so many protests to tell everyone about this heinous crime. Even today, many girls are suffering due to this acid attack, so acid selling should be completely baned."
These women prove that not all heroes wear capes, some wear an apron and a smile as they run their cafe.