On the auspicious celebration of the International Girl Childhood Day as “The Power of the Adolescent Girl: Vision for 2030”, PVCHR is delighted to share our small grass – root interventions making difference in the lives of the adolescence girls of the most marginalized communities.
PVCHR implements cost – effective multi – layers and multi – dimensional activities to adolescent girls should have the right to a safe, educated, and healthy life, not only during these critical formative years, but also as they mature into women. Investing in adolescent girls helps break cycles of poverty.
Most of the adolescence girls faced obstacle in continuing their education due to the following reasons: 1). Security, 2) Pressure of early marriage due to which parents do not want to spend money on higher education as they want to save money for marriage and 3). Spending more time in sibling cares and learning for doing household work.
We provided scholarship to 110 girls with the support from Raj Dulari Foundation, Sir Dorabji Tata Trust and DIG, Germany. We are not only providing financial support but also creating awareness and discourse within the adolescence girls, families and society through the group of cadres belonging to same community.
The three young girls Chanda, Jyoti and Pooja are the classical example who flagged a campaign ‘Will not do kitchen, I want to get educate” campaign against child marriage in 2010. They lit the campaign from opposing their own children marriage but also prevent other to do so.
They are creating awareness in their area through meeting, street march, open letter, signature campaign, slogan, distributing promotional materials and showcasing their theatre play Sindhoor nahi Sikha, which shows the demerits of the child marriage, Says, Lenin Raghuvanshi, Founder and CEO of PVCHR
On the 17th of August 2015 PVCHR and Raj Dulari Foundation launched an entirely new project for the girl child, a project called Shama; Freedom Cycle. As this is a first launch, 80 bicycles were distributed to girls who belong to marginalised communities. The girls benefitting from this initiative explained openly that they “हमारे हौसलों में लगे सुनहरे पंख” (Our dream brimming with Golden wings). This bicycle had provided them security and empowerment. [i]
Shabeena resident of Chiriya, Lakhmipur in Badagaon block of Varanasi district said, “I study in class X in Adaf Raza Inter College, Kuwar, Varanasi. Daily I have to do household work and go to school for study. Due to that I got tired and does not manage to continue my school daily. I feel very bad from inside when I missed my school because my parents work hard as a daily wages labourer to pay my fees.
After being awarded with the SHAMA Bicycle for freedom, now I am daily going to school and also became helping hands to my parents. Now my father says Shabeena is not only my daughter but she is my son. I want to be a teacher”.
On 6th July, 2015 we launched a campaign Ham Jholi (friends of similar age) for creating a broader platform for the adolescence girls not only for their capacity building, creating awareness but 24 hours open for doing consultation on the problem and challenges faced by them. In the first workshop around 55 girls were trained on the gender perspective, Says, Shruti Nagvanshi, Convenor, Savitri Bai Phule Women Forum.
PVCHR sent its 23 points recommendation to all concerned authorities to creating a better place.