SISTERS FIND THEIR SELF-WORTH THROUGH EDUCATION

Sisters function as safety nets in a chaotic world simply by being there for each other. – Carol Saline “Geeta and I are twins. She is bossy sometimes and loves to remind me that she is my elder sister even if that’s by just 5 minutes! She fights with me in school over silly things…

ENROLING OUT-OF-SCHOOL GIRLS IN MARGINALISED, RURAL COMMUNITIES OF INDIA

The Right to Education (RTE) Act in India mandates free and compulsory primary education for all children aged 6-14 years. However, India is still home to millions of out-of-school girls (who have either never been enroled or have dropped out). Especially in rural communities, many girls lack access to quality education and have minimal understanding…

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…