the breaking point

picture this:

SCENARIO A:

the lady in the house gives birth to a baby and its celebration time in the family. everyone whole heartedly accepts the girl and proudly announces her birth to the entire community. they dote on their baby girl, provide her with all the facilities they can afford for her better development, send her to the best school in the locality, arrange for the finest tuition teachers, so that she can get quality education and carve a sparklingly amazing future for herself and her family and lead to the development of her country. education is her tool to make the world a better place to live in.

if your lifestyle matches the lifestyle of the girl represented in scenario A, then you must consider yourself a very very lucky girl coz a really dark reality is presented by scenario B : THE BREAKING POINT.

SCENARIO B:

the lady of the household gives birth to a girl. as soon as the girl makes an entry in this world, the bubble of high hopes and enthusiasm of the entire family is broken all of a sudden. the birth of the girl child is publicly shunned, the mother is embarrassed and blamed for her birth. the baby is considered a major liability and throughout her growing years she is made to feel inferior, powerless and worthless for her family as well as for the country at large.

at an age when she should be studying and working towards making a better future, she is mentally prepared for marriage and is wed off to a man who is many a times almost double her age. now, throughout her remaining life, she is supposed to give birth to multiple children, feed them and shower love and blessings on them( if she gives birth to a HE), teach them to do all the household chores( if she gives birth to a HER, by sheer mistake) and take care of the needs and desires of her family and husband.

A WOMAN IS NEVER BORN A LIABILITY.

SHE IS MADE A LIABILITY TO HER NATION AND THE WORLD AT LARGE IF SHE IS DEPRIVED OF EDUCATION.

SO, EMPOWER WOMEN.

EDUCATE THEM.

everything begins with educating a girl. educate a girl and she will change the world.

AVOID THE BREAKING POINT.

MAKE HER JOURNEY SMOOTH AND HASSLE FREE.

#NavChetna

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synopsis of NAVchetna

NAVchetna is a movie that highlights the issue of girl education. it tells you how raising her voice and fighting for her right to be educated, a girl can completely transform hers and her family’s lifestyle.

this is the story of a girl surabhi who loves to study. even though her family is not against her education but the people of her village are very much against it. but the desire to educate herself is far more greater than anybody’s attitudes.

there is another thing she really looks forward to every week, a show named I AM A GIRL on the radio.

when she turns 15, her parents decide to wed her off.

watch the movie to see how a radio show changes the life of surabhi.

revealing the star cast of our movie

BACK WITH THE MOVIE

hello people!!

its been a very dry week for the blog, right?

don’t worry! we’re back with a multitude of posts and with the our movie NAVchetna as well! 😀

here is the glimpse of the poster of the movie!

it released yesterday at E-222, NIT kurukshetra and to our amazement we received a pretty amazing response to the movie! 🙂

here’s a glimpse of the movie poster! 😀

very soon the movie will be made available for public access on youtube!

till then, stay tuned! 🙂navchetna poster

I AM A GIRL.

She was drinking water directly from tap then she wipe her face with her fed color frock. She saw me and passed a very innocent smile. Her name is “Jamuna”, an eight year old girl of our maid. I passed a signal to come near.

Jamuna: “Kya hua mem sahed” (English: what happen Ma’am)

Me: “Tum maa ke sath aati ho, School nai jati?” (English: You came with your mother, won’t you go school?)

Jamuna: “Mera bhai jata hai mem saheb” (English: My brother used to go Ma’am)

Me: “Tum kyon nai jati?” (English: Why not you?)

Jamuna: “Main jana chahati hu lekin maa kehti hai tum ladki ho” (English: I want to go but mother said you are a girl)

I was shocked and she left the room.

Strange! An eight years old girl knows this is the disadvantage of being a girl.

“PEOPLE WEREN’T ABLE TO STOP MALALA, AND THEY CAN’T STOP ME.”

~amina yusuf

source: girleffect.org

When Amina Yusuf met the world’s most famous education activist, Malala Yousafzai, it had both a huge impact on her and a ripple effect on girls in Nigeria.

Amina Yusuf was one of five girls selected to join Malala Yousafzai when she accepted her NOBEL PEACE PRIZE in Oslo. Amina, 18, received a scholarship from the Center for Girls’ Education, Population and Reproductive Health Initiative,  a collaboration between The Bixby Centre, University of California, Berkeley and the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Zaria. She’s now a mentor at the centre and is on an unstoppable mission to make sure all girls get the same opportunities as her, especially when it comes to education.

 here’s Amina’s story in her own words.

Watching Malala address the Nigerian government in Abuja was so impressive because some adults wouldn’t be able to be so spontaneous and speak how she did. She spoke to President Goodluck Jonathan about bringing back the 276 schoolgirls abducted in northeastern Nigeria in April 2014, and she convinced lawmakers in Nigeria to speak out to them.

It was Malala’s 17th birthday. It was also the first time I met her.

Malala personally selected me to go to Oslo and watch heraccept her Nobel Peace Prize in what was my first trip out of Nigeria. I have never dreamt of even going to our neighbouring country, Niger, but because of her I got to travel as far as Oslo. When I got there, what really shocked me was the cold – I hadn’t experienced anything like that in my life!

While I was there I realised that Malala’s award means that girls all over the world – including here in Nigeria – have won the Nobel Peace Prize. Malala’s voice is the voice of every girl in the world, and many girls tell me that because she invited me to join her in Oslo, they see Malala in me.

Malala’s Nobel Peace Prize win means that girls all over the world, including here in Nigeria, have won the Nobel Peace Prize.

The fact that a 17-year-old girl was able to draw the attention of the world to Oslo is inspiring. A girl from Pakistan with this influence is something the world leaders should support. At her age, where were most of our world leaders? What were they doing?

I want world leaders to consider attacks on girls’ education: Insurgency in Nigeria means that there is fear in my community and fear for girls’ safety. Before now, we all thought that school was the safest place but now it’s scary. I’ve heard that many girls in boarding schools have been taken out by their parents or organisations for security reasons. People are scared that their girls may be abducted too. I know that I’m scared too but it won’t stop me from doing what I aspire to do. People weren’t able to stop Malala, and they can’t stop me.

I want a world where a girl or a woman can be what she wants to be. Any opportunity a male has, a female should have that opportunity too.

But these threats do add to the barriers girls face when it comes to getting an education – barriers such as poverty, being married off at the age of 12, badly equipped schools, sending boys to school over girls and badly trained teachers. I wouldn’t need a translator to do this interview if our primary schools were better.

I’m lucky to be in a family where my mother didn’t insist I went to sell things on the side of the street, or hawking as we call it. When the opportunity to go to school  came along, I was able to get a scholarship and my parents happily allowed me to do that. Whenever I learnt anything at school I came home and told my family – my mother, father and seven brothers and sisters. Even now, whatever I learn about issues like hygiene, puberty and everything else, I not only extend the knowledge to my family but to neighbours’ children, too. It makes me feel that I am part of something good.

The Nigerian government needs to make girls’ education a priority, give schools proper equipment and employ well-trained teachers. If this happens, in five, ten or 20 years, poverty in northern Nigeria will have reduced, all girls and women will have access to good health education, and there will be less early marriage, along with its consequences. Girls will marry when they are ready, and all educated women will make sure that their girls get access to education.

My meeting with Malala in Oslo was like a dream come true. The way people were treating Malala, me and the other girls – talking to us, wanting to take photographs with us – was amazing. My friends and all my younger brothers and sisters call me Malala now!

MOBILE POWER FOR GIRL POWER

“I always wanted to go to school,” said Azra Misbih-ul-huda, 17, who lives in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.  “ When this free education mobile learning project was launched in our area I was very excited […]I said to my mother I need to be educated and my mother eventually agreed because she said I had helped her a lot and I deserved it. Up until then I had been living in the village helping my mother with daily chores.”

“Before the mobile learning course I and many girls of my age could not read and write a single word, but now all of the girls who benefited from this project can easily read books and now we often exchange books,” Azra said.

Leveraging technology  to empower women and girls  like Azra and her friends  is the theme of this year’s Mobile Learning Week, was celebrated from 23 to 27 February .  UNESCO marked the week with a symposium, forum and research seminar at its Paris Headquarters, with a lineup of experts, policy-maker and private sector leaders. There was also be a session with the members of the United Nations Broadband Commission for Digital Development, which was meeting at UNESCO at the same time.

The packed agenda for the week had been organized jointly by UNESCO and UN Women and will be opened on Tuesday 24 February by UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova and  UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. The keynote address was be given by Cherie Blair, who launched the Foundation for Women  in 2008 to support women entrepreneurs in developing countries.

Despite the fabulous growth of mobile technology globally, too many women and girls are still missing out; they are missing out on education, and they are missing out on access to new technologies and the opportunities they provide.

UNESCO’s statistics show that two out of three of the world’s 781 million illiterate adults and 126 million illiterate youth are women. At the same time, research by Intel shows that nearly 25 percent fewer women than men have internet connectivity in developing countries, and this gap rises to 50 percent in some regions.  In low to middle income nations, 300 million more men than women own mobile phones, and men are far more likely to use them to connect to the internet and download applications that increase economic, professional and educational opportunities.

Although not a panacea, mobile technology is a promising vehicle for improving education, due to a proliferation of educational content tailored for use on widely owned mobile devices. The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) estimates that of the seven billion people on Earth, over six billion now have access to a working mobile device, meaning that mobile technology is now common in areas where women are underserved and educational opportunities are limited.

The success and enthusiasm generated by projects such as the UNESCO project in  Pakistan mentioned above,  which is supported by Nokia, bear powerful testimony to the fierce desire of girls to learn, the ease with which they adapt to education via new technologies, and the  benefits that are reaped. Other UNESCO-led projects with Nokia in Mexico and Nigeria show how these technologies can also be used to improve the quality of teaching in remote areas, or with indigenous communities.

Mobile Learning Week 2015 will give participants a venue to learn about and discuss these and the myriad of other technology programmes, initiatives and content that are alleviating gender deficits in education, and helping to change the lives of young women like Azra in Pakistan.  It will encourage conversations about gender-sensitive approaches to the application and use of ICT in education, and demonstrate how mobile technology can provide a tool for closing the access, knowledge and confidence gaps between women and men worldwide.

the ugly face of statistical reality!!

11047188_924112637609634_1566709222_n—> 65 million girls in the world have no access to education.

—> 1 out of 7 girls in the world gets married at 15.

—>70% of the world’s out of school children are girls.

—> women make 10% of the world’s income and own only 1% of the property, even though they perform 66% of the world’s labour.