The project will develop and enhance life skills of 100 poor girls in Mumbai's slums by creating opportunities for improving status of health, education and participation in public life. 200 more will be reached and motivated thru fairs, discussions and other events. 5 Girls' resource centers will provide safe spaces to provide training in skills and help them organize to become change agents. Mobile library, workshops, educational visits and health camps will lead to their capacity building.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Extreme son preference in India has led to a female feticide situation. Discrimination against surviving girls and women is rampant. It is compounded by caste, ethnicity and poverty issues for girls living in slums denying them growth opportunities, initiative and visibility in civic life. We need to help them acquire access to health and learning resources and receive training in life skills to participate actively in civic life and become change agents.
How will this project solve this problem?
The project establishes community based girls' centers to provide safe learning spaces for girls in slums. Girls will receive training in leadership with use of traditional and electronic media and networking skills to speak up on relevant social issues. They will raise issues of discrimination against girls and women in education, health and decision making and work for solutions in partnership with other groups.
Potential Long Term Impact
100 adolescent girls will become advocates of girls' rights in their own communities and 200 more will become supportive for that. Girls' health and education status will have improved. They will have shared their new knowledge and skills with women and youth and initiated action for improvement in quality of community life. 200 families will have brought some change in their discriminatory attitude towards women and girls.
Total Funding Received to Date: $36,790
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $3,210
Total Funding Goal: $40,000