The United Nations has declared October 11th as the day of the girl child to bring about awareness about the challenges faced by girls around the world. We would love to hear your stories of women who look forward to making a change to the society. Share your true path breaking journeys with us to win a style makeover. Post on any of our social media handles with the hashtags
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Roshni Mukherjee a physics graduate quit her full time job to teach children through her youtube channel for free. She has a virtual classroom and teaches kids math and science with an endeavor to make quality education affordable.
Mumtaz Shaikh is a true fighter. Awarded the title of “daughter of Maharashtra’ she fights for gender inequality and abuse against girls amongst many things. Her main mission is to provide women with public toilet facilities. She has set up over 75 self help groups in her community to address gender issues and spread awareness.
Mamta Rawat saved over a 1000 lives during the floods in Uttarakhand. With no formal training or qualifications she used her own skills and became a part of the rescue effort.
Started in the year 2012 this movement by the UN brings together activists to discuss the gender inequalities. It addresses various issues like right to education, adequate nutrition, medical care, child marriage and violence against girls.
The groups led by girls, highlight the importance of women to the society and focus on advancement and equal opportunities for every girl. Empowerment of girls and fulfilling their rights is one the main agendas of the groups. The issues surrounding the girl child are much bigger than just a day and October 11th serves as a reflection of annual efforts and endeavors.
Each year focuses on one main issue, for instance the first year was about ending child marriage while the next year saw innovating for girls education. The theme this year is The Power of the Adolescent Girl: Vision for 2030. To truly make a difference, one needs to recognize the potential of women in the world and nurture their talents. Acknowledging this importance the UN is working on empowerment and rights of adolescent girls now and for the future.
In India where female literacy is at about 53%, child marriage is highly prevalent and around one in every three girls is malnourished this is a much needed change. UN emphasizes on investing in quality education, skills, training, access to technology for the girls along with adequate nutrition and health care. They also have zero tolerance for abuse of any kind. They aim to develop policies to combat child marriage, child trafficking etc.
Stories Source: betterindia.com