I think that one thing is her parents seeing her as their child and not as her future in laws’s daughter-in-law (Paraya Dhan).
Everything changes when a paraya dhan becomes her parents’ child. Her happiness, her future, her comfort, her health, her safety… and eventually her rights and freedoms also become important enough to fight for.
Once the family values her, so will the society.
Do you agree?
But how do the parents begin to do that?
By realising that Getting Married and Staying Married need not be the only way for a girl child to ‘settle down’.
And what’s the first step for that to happen?
Which is why I am supporting #Selfies4School by Breakthrough.
What happens when a girl child goes to school?
1. The girl child gets to be a child that she is. She gets a break from housework and taking care of younger siblings. The school might also provide nutrition and opportunities for physical activities.
2. Makes it possible for a girl child to begin to see that there is more to her life than Getting Married and Staying Married.
3. Schooling also makes it possible/easier for her parents to delay a girl child’s marriage.
One huge plus in all this is that most Indians value Education and Success.
According to a UNICEF report, India has 47% of the world’s child brides – although we have festivals where we ‘worship’ girl children. 🙄
‘Breakthrough is hoping that #Selfies4School will help ignite conversations in the drawing rooms of professionals and the educated classes.’
Igniting conversations is a powerful step in the right direction I think, because without conversation there is Silence.
How do you like the campaign mascot – Uma with her dupatta flying like a cape 😀
Take a look at this video – in Hindi.