Our partner VOICE4Girls in Hyderabad, India empowers adolescent girls on the margins of society, teaching them about their bodies, their rights and negotiation skills needed to stay in education - the proven route out of poverty. Covid-19 has disrupted their programmes, and girls are at great risk.
It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020
Registered Charity in Scotland (SC030516)
For 20 years SLA has spoken out for vulnerable Indian children. We know that educated girls and women make informed choices, are healthier, safer, and prioritise children's health. We know that gender equality stimulates economic growth raising people out of poverty, changing entire communities.
Most children in my village are child labourers.They lack information about what is happening to them and what their rights are! After attending the VOICE camps, I have ensured that my cousin & sisters go to school and don't work. Every child should be educated and my mission is to spread awareness.
I believe in the power of girls to transform communities. With this conviction I lead passionate people at VOICE4Girls to educate and empower marginalised girls, with the vision to eliminate gender inequality and violence. Scottish Love in Action and VOICE are well-aligned to impact many lives.
Marginalised girls in India regularly face school dropout, child labour, violence, abuse, sexual harassment, under-age marriage and early pregnancy. Girls have little or no control over their bodies or their futures. All of these issues have been exacerbated by Covid-19. Girls cannot be at school at the moment, and at home these risks are greater. School provides them with a safe space to confront and share these problems. Many girls may never get back to school but become permanent dropouts.
We have partnered with VOICE4Girls since 2016. VOICE helps girls by teaching them about reproductive health, their rights, and how to recognise, prevent and report abuse. They learn negotiation skills, enabling them to resist becoming child brides, child labourers or victims of abuse. VOICE also works with boys, teaching them the empathy and respect for girls and women that is critical for long lasting change. Due to the pandemic, VOICE are currently moving their programmes online.
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