In the simplest of words it is basically the creation of an environment where women can make independent decisions on their personal development as well as shine as equals in society. Women want to be treated as equals so much so that if a woman rises to the top of her field it should be a commonplace occurrence that draws nothing more than a raised eyebrow at the gender. This can only happen if there is a channelized route for the empowerment of women. Thus it is no real surprise that women empowerment in India is a hotly discussed topic with no real solution looming in the horizon except to doubly redouble our efforts and continue to target the sources of all the violence and ill-will towards women.
Women empowerment is hard to fathom how slow moving the cultural exchange of the world is when you find out that there are several places across the country where harmful customs of the ancient world coexist with modern appliances and thought. However that may come as hardly any surprise to anyone who has lived in India – the dichotomy of society is something that cannot be ignored or denied.
Thus we, at Mehaan Charitable Foundation, Gurgaon, strongly believe that issue of women empowerment should be dealt with much gravity. The proposed lines on which we look forward to take action would be:
EVERY YEAR 14 MILLION GIRLS
ARE MARRIED AS CHILDREN, DENIED THEIR RIGHTS TO HEALTH, EDUCATION AND OPPORTUNITY, AND ROBBED OF THEIR CHILDHOOD. IF WE DO NOTHING, BY 2030 AN ESTIMATED 15.4 MILLION GIRLS A YEAR WILL MARRY AS CHILDREN.
Every year, an estimated 14 million girls aged under 18 are married worldwide with little or no say in the matter. In the developing world, one in seven girls is married before her 15th birthday and some child brides are as young as eight or nine.
Neither physically nor emotionally ready to become wives and mothers, these girls are at far greater risk of experiencing dangerous complications in pregnancy and childbirth, becoming infected with HIV/AIDS and suffering domestic violence. With little access to education and economic opportunities, they and their families are more likely to live in poverty.
Further interlinking with other issues and organizations that can prove beneficial and will create a bigger impact on the society as a whole. We look forward to volunteers especially from human rights background to come and join us for the same.