Nageena Banu with her child
Nageena Bano was still a child when her parents married her off. She belongs in Chanod village in Pali District Rajasthan. Her in laws abused her and treated her very badly. After she had a baby they threw her out of the house. She was completely alone and helpless. Remembering that she says, “I had nothing and the only thing I had to call my own was the little education I had received as a child. It was this education that helped me get a small job in the village and I was able to stand on my own two feet and be able to look after my little child.
I now have only one aim in life – what happened with me should not happen with my other sisters in the village.”
Today Nageena Bano is a champion for girls’ education and a catalyst for school reform. She is Team Balika.
What helped Nageena transform from an abused child bride to who she is today is education. It is what helps her reach true potential as an individual. It is this education that no one can beat, steal away from her. No flood, no famine, nothing can take it away. It is hers to use all her life and to empower her and give her a voice and independence.
She was able to transform her life but we know that she not the norm but an exception. Only 1 out of every 100 girls in India makes it to class 12! Which means, that all of us here are exceptions in this country. We are the 1%!