Raising Self-Esteem of Young Girls in Pakistan

by Dawood Global Foundation - Educate a Girl
Raising Self-Esteem of Young Girls in Pakistan

Project Report | May 13, 2021
I'm not defined by my colour

By Tara Dawood | Project Leader

This Eid, young girls should not be defined solely by their appearance, and certainly not to be made to feel bad because of the colour of their skin.

Atiya, 15, likes to play sports and she's very good at them. Her dream would be to represent her country on the playing field, but that is out of the question. Her family would never allow it. However, she's blessed because her family allows her to play. All that may be changing. The hours she spends under the sun have dark and her complexion much beyond its natural hue. On Eid, the family children play cricket on the street, and although she is a girl, the plays would include her. This year, her mother has put her foot down, complaining the sun is making Atiya too dark and she is now 15, and will soon be getting her proposals for marriage.

This is greatly saddened Atiya.

"All I want to do is enjoy myself with my cousins, but it seems the people around me are now saying, 'beta, no,' you mustn't get darker skin."

#EAGSkinColour is working to create consistent programming to change the dialogue. Thank you for helping us make a difference, for helping us to transform lives.

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Dawood Global Foundation - Educate a Girl

Location: Karachi, Sindh - Pakistan
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @ladiesfund
Project Leader:
Tara Dawood
Karachi , Sindh Pakistan
$928 raised of $10,000 goal
4 donations
$9,072 to go
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