UP girls getting aware about choices of education, marriage
Virendra Singh Rawat Lucknow / Jan 10, 2019
In a heartwarming news, young girls in Uttar Pradesh are gradually getting more aware about their life choices related to education and age of marriage.
In a midline survey conducted by a human rights organisation Breakthrough in 2018, 84% girls have started negotiating for their higher education compared to only 61% in 2015.
Encouraging results have also emerged regarding age of marriage. About 56% girls have started raising their voice against early marriage in their families vis-à-vis 8% three years back. This survey was conducted by NRMC for Breakthrough.
The study found that while the girls are moving in the right direction, but concerted efforts are still needed from the community, governmental and non-governmental organisations, and all other stakeholders for their incremental progress.
Breakthrough CEO Sohini Bhattacharya said here today, the organisation was working for adolescent empowerment across 514 gram panchayats and 715 schools in 21 blocks of 7 districts in UP namely Lucknow, Gorakhpur, Siddharth Nagar, Mahrajganj, Ghazipur, Varanasi and Jaunpur through its ‘De Taali-Banegi Baat Saath Saath’ programme.
The programme focuses on improving individual welfare in domains, including education, healthcare, gender parity and works against ills such as early marriage and gender discrimination.
“We have observed that education acts as a tool to delay marriage, however education till class 12 is considered sufficient and girls who drop out after that are prepared mentally for marriage,” she lamented.