Women, Girls and Child Rights
Children are central to our regular discussions about issues affecting adolescents and females in their community, such as child marriage, reproductive health issues and the consequences of menstrual isolation practices. They have been taught about their rights and the importance of attending school, especially as girls and young women during menstruation. The number of girls regularly attending school is increasing. Model Couple Campaigners are trained and visit these communities to raise awareness of health issues, particularly in relation to pregnant and post-natal mothers. These couples go door-to-door educating families about causes of Uterine Prolapse and teaching prevention techniques. The project has so far reached 30,998 people directly and 61,996 indirectly.
Your Support Helps
Recently our partner provided training to 30 parents on how to raise children in a way that protects them from violations of their rights, child marriage, gender discrimination and encourages formal education. Over the past few months, 647 adolescent girls were able to to access health services relevant to their age. In our project communities, it is common for girls to require help with menstural concerns. We were also excited to hear that 10 girls turned down child marriage proposals and 67 families completely abandoned chhaupadi practices (menstrual isolation).