Baap Wali Baat !

The “Baap Wali Baat” is a part of the #ItStartsWithMe campaign by UNICEF India and has been created to empower people to educate their daughters. It is time to #ENDviolence against children, including child marriage.

The objective is to challenge people’s thinking about issues like violence against girls, protection of girls’ rights, their dignity and safety in the community and to evoke a sense of pride amongst men who stand up for the dignity and equal rights of girls in their local area.

#ENDviolence is a movement that we hope you will become a part of. With the high rate of crime against children and women, it is important that we as a society do something about it. And the time to take action is now! #ItStartsWithMe

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In the region where the proportion of girl child marriage was 55%, and in such area of Ahmedpur of Latur district, we implemented adolescent girls development program during the period of on the year 2006-2012, now this proportion has reduced to 28%. “Total eradication of girl child marriages” is our objective and we need your active support for attaining this August objective.

It has came to our notice that non availability of education facility after 7th standard, financial incapacity of parents, lack of gender equality and feeling of social insecurity are the prime reasons due to which after 7th standard more than 6% girls are dropped out of the schools in our own village  or nearby villages. Lack of gender equality and poverty are the reasons because of which school drop out at the primary level happens in the equivalent manner, and such school drop out further increases at the high school level. If continuous education of the girls is maintained then guarantee of employment and self sufficiency increases and along with that risk of their “Girl Child Marriages” can be avoided.

Therefore, to increase proportion of continuous education of the girls and to increase their “Life Skills”  and with this August objective, we are working with the assistance and cooperation of the girls and their parents, and therefore we need your support to achieve the August objective and we are confident that you shall definitely help us.

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Prevention of girl child marriages

Girl child marriage is an appalling violation of human rights and robs girls of their education, health and long-term prospects,” (Babatunde Osotimehin, M.D, Executive Director, UNFPA.)

Background  about the Issue :

People’s Institute of Rural development (PIRD) is a voluntary organization registered under Public Trust Act, Societies Registration Act and Foreign Contributions Act; actively operating in districts of Latur, Parbhani & Osmanabad of Marathwada region in the state of Maharashtra, since last three decades. The thematic areas of work are Women Empowerment, Natural Resource Management, issues of Landless Labors & Eradication of Child Labour. PIRD is involved in the work related to eradication of child labour; since its very inception stage. The organization is been successful in bringing back 1570 children in main stream formal education through advocacy & campaigning and changing the mindset of the parents of these children and in few cases institutionalizing the children in order to ensure their main stream formal education.

While executing the project related to child labour; outcomes of deliberate, studied and research based interventions of the organization; showcased and demanded the organization to attend on issues related to rampant ‘girl child marriages’ in Marathwada region. The statics collected after the survey on the issue of ‘girl child marriage ’was a curtain raiser document on the evils and problems related to girls who were married at a very tender age.

Issue of girl child marriages :

Especially the girls, who were rescued from being child labour and were mainstreamed in formal education, were seen missing from schools after the class 5th. Altogether 179 girls from Ahmedpur block were admitted in formal schools of which 105 girls were married before reaching the class 7th. It was noticed that most of them were married off. They were between the age group of 13 to 16 yrs. The truth revealed by the survey conducted in 30 villages selected under the project had 19% (2006) girl child marriages in 30 selected villages for the survey.

The Human Development Report -2002 (published by GoM) also pointed on this issue and the percentage of girl child marriages in Maharashtra was 39% where as in Latur district it was recorded to be 58.10% and in Beed district it was 59.40%.

The survey organized by SSA in 2001 recorded that 12280 children were out of schools of which 6409 were girl child. Further it was recorded that 1446 were boys & 1391 were girl child who belonged to Ahmedpur block of Latur district. Human Development report also records that the percentage of school dropouts between classes 7th to 10th amongst the girls is 35% & 59% respectively PIRD being committed to the betterment, development & progress of children picked up the issue of girls being married at a very tender age and a project on prevention of girl child marriages in 30 selected villages was envisaged which was supported by Maharashtra Foundation – NewYork, Maharashtra which was executed during 2006 to 2012.

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