Let us introduce Mangi, one of our Team Balika volunteers. Mangi is a young woman with dreams of her own. She lives in Rajasthan where she fights for girls’ education in her community.
Mangi was married off at the age of 10. She had to drop out of school to move in with her in-laws. Soon enough her alcoholic illiterate husband started abusing her, and she had no choice but to run back to her parents home. At that point, Mangi decided to get back to her studies and managed to complete high school. Thanks to her strong will and her parents’ support, she now attends university.
Of course it isn’t easy. She has to defy everyone in the village. In rural India it is not common for a young woman to travel alone – even if it means only 10 kilometers to attend college.
People comment on her behavior and her in-laws complain about her attitude. She tries to fight and to speak up – but it is not easy to be heard. The entire society is patriarchal and child marriage is still customary.
Mangi sums up the situation: “A couple has to bear children soon after marriage and they have to be sons, not daughters! If it is a daughter, they wish for her to die at birth! And if she still manages to stay alive, there will be no education for her. Education is only for boys.”
Mangi is a strong believer of equal opportunities for women. This is the reason why she joined Educate Girls’ team and now advocates for girls’ education. She is part of our amazing Team Balika and works towards rejuvenating the government schools in her village.
Thanks to volunteers like Mangi, 52,000 girls have been enrolled. We are present in more than 5,500 schools in Rajasthan. Our goal is now to expand to 37,000 schools in more than 15 districts of India by the end of 2018. To do so, we need your help!
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