Little Girls, Big Dreams

8-year old Charvi* is a joy to interact with. Her innocence is made even more charming with her polite and kind demeanor. When she is asked what she’d like to be when she grows up, she answers with a tilt of her head and a sweet smile, “What do I know about these things? Why…

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF WOMEN AND GIRLS IN SCIENCE

Science and gender equality are both important for global progress and for the achievement of the sustainable development goals (SDGs). In order to achieve equal access and participation in science for women and girls, the United Nations General Assembly declared 11 February as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Why International Day…

CELEBRATING NATIONAL GIRL CHILD DAY 2018

National Girl Child Day is celebrated every year on January 24 in India to raise awareness about the inequalities faced by the girl child and to improve their position in society. Girls face a lot of discrimination, exploitation and violence – be it physical, mental or emotional. There are many barriers to a girl’s education and…

NEVER TOO OLD TO INSPIRE

60-year old Thavri Bai is a dynamic lady. Why? Thavri has never been to school and can’t read or write. Yet, she strongly believes that education is important for all children, and that girls must study (till Class 12 at the least) – a thinking that not many from her generation or geography share. Thavri…

“WHY SEND HER TO SCHOOL?”

11 year old Anaya used to love going to school. However, there came a time when her mother started keeping unwell and the burden of household tasks fell on her. At first, she continued going to school, although irregularly. Eventually though, she dropped out of school entirely. Like most other girls her age, she had…

EDUCATION IS EMPOWERMENT

In many parts of rural India, a girl venturing outside her house alone is not considered respectable or proper behaviour. So deep-rooted is the patriarchy, or threat to their ‘virtue’, that girls are expected to be accompanied by a male member of their family when going out. Despite cultural barriers like this, Sanju Gurjar has…

#EGturns10 – CELEBRATING A DECADE OF CREATING EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES

Completing a decade is an important milestone for any organization. A decade of creating impact and changing lives seems like an even greater achievement. On our 10th anniversary, we’re so honored to now be serving over 21,000 schools in some of India’s most educationally backward regions. Since 2007, we have enrolled 2,00,000 girls, across 12,000+ villages…

I NEVER THOUGHT LIFE HAD ANY OPPORTUNITIES FOR ME

Pushkar Raj, a resident of a small village in Ajmer, Rajasthan, never let societal norms or his own outdated values affect his daughters’ upbringing. His daughter Suman and her sisters always received the same kind of treatment from their parents as a son would have. They were given equal respect and access to opportunities in…

THE YOUNG INDIAN PHILANTHROPIST

Philanthropy [fi-lan-thruh-pee] /noun/ – private initiatives for the public good. While this classic definition of philanthropy may still hold true, philanthropy as a concept has evolved on various levels; particularly in India, where giving is deeply rooted in the fabric of Indian culture and history. With a vastly changed economic and cultural setting, where is young India headed…

THE PRICE OF ALCOHOL ADDICTION AND POVERTY ON GIRLS’ EDUCATION

Once upon a time, Beawar Khas in Ajmer was known for its varied business ventures. Today, however, marble trading is the only source of income for those living in this village. There are two problems that are spreading through the community here like a plague – alcoholism and an apathy towards education. Those associated with…

GIRLS PROGRESS = GOALS PROGRESS

Investment in the education of girls may well be the highest-return investment available in the developing world.  -Lawrence Summers, Economist Educating girls has a multiplier effect. Educated women tend to be healthier, actively participate in the workforce, earn more and are likely to provide better healthcare and education to their children. So it’s easy to…

TEASED FOR HER HEARING DISABILITY, SHE DROPPED OUT OF SCHOOL

Until July this year, Anandi was in the list of those girls who had dropped out of school. A resident of Ajmer, Rajasthan, Anandi has suffered from hearing defects since birth. Unable to hear well, she was always an easy target for ridicule from her friends and neighbors. As she didn’t go to school, and…