The project supports 500 girls to be educated & empowered on personal, legal & social aspects to see through their childhood specifically avoiding marriage and grow up in to aware, healthy, independent & productive adults. Empowering the girls through sports and enabling them to challenge the social norms to stop Early and child marriage (ECM) is aimed in the project. Early marriage violate the girl's right to health, education, protection & development making them dependent with lost identity.
Early & Child marriage(ECM) is a harmful traditional practices violating rights of the children. It challenges the right to health, education, protection & development of a child. The percentage of ECM in Odisha is 35% and above in some places. It is seen that those have completed 10 years of schooling the ECM reduced to 9.3% in comparison to girls dropped out after 5years of Schooling! There are strong social issues preventing girls from attaining Schools & become a prey of ECM.
This project aims to support at least 500young girls coming together in the communities where high prevalence of ECM is seen & promoting their education. It also aims to empower them through Sports which will give them a voice & scope to take decision for themselves. It further aims to provide coaching support to the girls wishing to join higher & technical education those do not get support in the family along with orienting the girls on gender & gender based violence & challenging the norms.
When many young girls starts saying NO to ECM the rights of young girls can be established. Sports and other orientation on rights will enable them to know themselves better and take right decision. It will help recognizing the value of girls in the family and combating the rate of ECM. When young girls and boys come together and start challenging the social norms then a norm of EQUALITY will be seen and practiced by many in the community. Girls will be empowered to take decision for themselves.