It definitely does for these young girls who have never before spoken out aloud in front of village elders about gender violence, child marriage and trafficking. Simren Singh, SBI YouthforIndia fellow, writes about her experiences at a community meeting at Kherwada, Rajasthan.
Never before has any girl spoken in a community meeting. Never before have any one of them found the courage to express their opinions before elders.
The two girls in the picture, Kalpana and Regina, are fighting odds by doing the unconventional. At the ‘Mahila Hinsha Virodhi Pakhwada’, they took up the challenge of presenting their views on child marriage and women trafficking and why they think it should be stopped. The people listened patiently and not just understood the severity of the situation at hand but also decided in taking collective action against the same.
The girls on the other hand were filled with joy and were surprised to witness their own hidden strengths. It is no wonder why they say that every voice matters and it is we who must learn to value it.