Gender inequality starts at a very tender age and intensifies around adolescence. This coupled with the changes and confusion brought about by puberty make this a very trying time for both boys and girls. Marginalised communities are much worse for it. The unabashed discrimination, conservative practices and limited exposure puts the girls and women from these communities at an unfair disadvantage. Once girls attain menarche, they are not allowed to go out and are expected to take care of the household. The myths, superstitions and shame surrounding periods tend to cause serious physical and mental health issues in these girls. Educating and empowering these girls is crucial to their individual development as well as of that country as a whole. Educating boys is indispensable to create a strong support system for these empowered girls.
VOICE 4 Girls, started in 2011, is an NGO that works with adolescent, marginalised girls and boys in India. VOICE conducts activity-based camps in government and low-cost private schools. Through these camps, adolescents acquire critical knowledge, spoken English, and life skills. VOICE’s curriculum is designed to impart knowledge on critical topics such as health, safety, rights, future planning, and self-awareness. Thus campers acquire problem solving, decision making, negotiation, communication and leadership skills. Camps are conducted by motivated college students who are recruited and trained intensively to impart our curriculum.
You can read about the cost of camps here - https://voice4girls.org/donate/
We request you to contribute towards the cost of conducting camps. What you donate makes a difference!