A MOTHER TAKES A STAND FOR HER DAUGHTERS!

Kanta Devi (49) from a village in Udaipur is a mother two daughters named Ashu* and Jasu*. She never went to school and hence wanted both her daughters to be educated. Her husband works as a daily-wage labourer and spends most of his earnings on alcohol which causes many fights between them. With this kind…

I HAVE PLACES TO GO, AND THINGS TO DO!

It’s time to cut down the roots of wrong mindsets! 12-year old Pinti is the eldest among 6 siblings; the youngest is only a few months old. Neither Pinti, nor her siblings, had ever been to school. Living in a simple house in an isolated and hilly area, Pinti’s family has always struggled to make…

SHE WAS JEALOUS OF HER SISTER. UNTIL SOMETHING CHANGED.

Lekha* (13) lives in a village in the Udaipur district of Rajasthan. Years back, Lekha had to drop-out of school to help out at home. She desperately wanted to go to school and over the years she often made her desire known to her mother. However, she was constantly given a deaf ear. Her father is…

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…