According to the UN reports, there are 1.1 billion girls in the world, filled with talent creativity and zeal to make a change in this world of discrimination, violence and injustice. For eons, the female species has been perceived to be weaker than men but historical facts prove it to be otherwise, taking the examples of Rani Laxmibai, Mary Kom, Meeran Borwankar, Mother Teresa, Indira Nooyi, Aung Sun Suu Kyi, Margaret Thatcher and many more, who have shown extreme courage, strength and leadership skills in this male dominated world and made significant contributions to the world!
It is highly unfortunate that even today, in the year of 2016, there are many girls who are deprived of their most basic Right to Education, because of a number of ill-faiths of the society, more so in the developing nations with India too being one of them. The United Nations have released some disturbing data related to Girl Child Marriage:
- 700 million women alive today were married before the age of 18
- Girls belonging to the underprivileged families are 2.5 times more likely to be married in their childhood, than ones belonging to privileged families.
We need to note that these numbers include Indian women as well.
Many organisations around the world are fighting such ill-practices in their local areas to bring gender equality and make a better future for our future generations. At Mumbai Smiles, we are fighting our own peaceful struggle against poverty which is the root cause of a multitude of social issues that is pulling our city and our country behind in the rankings of developing and developed countries.
The Girl Child Education project of Mumbai Smiles, working in the select slum communities of Andheri East area is working hard to be able to provide scholarships to the child children of such communities to provide them with equal opportunities as the other gender-member of the society. Last year, we were able to support 403 young girls, with scholarship, personality building sessions, educational material and other activities to empower them to fly their wings high and far!
Stay tuned to our blog tomorrow as well to read about Sravani Chalke, one of our Girl Child Education project beneficiaries, a girl who is smart, confident and determined to make it big in the world and bring about a change in this world.
Mumbai Smiles is standing in support with all the communities of the world in celebrating the birth of Girl Child, in educating them and in making this world a better and equal place for all. If you would like to be a part of this global celebration and of Mumbai Smiles, we invite you to come and visit our projects and witness the change yourself. Shoot us a mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and be a part of a better future.