Kranti empowers girls from Mumbai's red-light areas to become agents of social change.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
In 2012, of the G20 countries, India is ranked the worst place to be a woman. In 2011, an estimated 3 million women were trafficked in India. In 2010, 65% of women were literate vs. over 80% of men. Indian girls face many additional forms of violence, including child marriage, dowry deaths, female feticide, domestic violence, forced labor and rape.These problems are not due to a lack of resources or knowledge - they are due to the lack of girls' and women's voices in leadership roles.
How will this project solve this problem?
Kranti (Revolution in Hindi) empowers trafficked girls and the daughters of sex workers (Revolutionaries) to become agents of social change. We provide a healing home, healthcare and psychotherapy, formal and extracurricular education, leadership training and the skills to solve social problems. At Kranti, we believe empowerment should not just lead to a salary - it should lead to a voice - because every Revolutionary has a voice that can transform herself, her community and the world.
Potential Long Term Impact
In 2012, the accomplishments of 10 Revolutionaries were covered by NYT, CNN and BBC. In just 3 short years, one Revolutionary has become India's first girl from a red-light area to study abroad, 1 is the first Indian selected for a prestigious performing arts program in the US, and all of the Revolutionaries have given public speeches in front of audiences ranging from 500 to 5,000. Within 5 years, Kranti will be known for developing India's most marginalized girls into its best leaders.
Total Funding Received to Date: $201,700
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $13,300
Total Funding Goal: $215,000