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girls education and empowerment

Girl education is the only way for the upliftment of women to claim gender justice. I am living a rural part of Tamil Nadu in India where the girls are deprived of education opportunity due to the sense of insecurity for Physical, Psychological, emotional and social security for them. The sex abuses on women including acid throwing is increasing crimes against women at the local levels also and parents think that marriage is the only safety way for the girls and tend to conduct child marriages at this region.
Another major reason for deprivation of girl education is the poor toilet facilities, class room and amenities at the schools and many of the rural schools do not have toilet and watering facilities and menstrual period infections are very common and girls are frustrated and some times depressed.
The alcoholism in Tamil Nadu is very much affect the family economy and girls tend to become a family burden and parents prefer them for child labour force and send them to jobs even at the tender ages leaving the school studies.
Government spends millions of rupees for the sake of girls education and mainstreaming the drop out children to the schools and vocational training programmes and still due to the above crimes against women and with the sense of insecurity to women in this land girls tend to leave the schools and live at home.
Mrs.Bagirathi Ramanathan in India

This story was written for World Pulse’s Girls Transform the World Digital Action Campaign.

World Pulse believes that women's stories, recommendations, and collective rising leadership can—and will—bring girls greater access to education which will transform their lives, their families, and communities. The Girls Transform Campaign elicits insightful content from young women on the ground, strengthens their confidence as women, and ensures that influencers and powerful institutions hear their stories.
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You are right Bagirathi. I think, one way of getting rid of these abuses and gender discrimination is educating both male and female about gender equality. In addition to the lessons on science, history and mathematics, since childhood, students should be taught about their rights, so that the number of abuses will decrease. Also, money should be appropriately allocated by government or non government organizations to create proper drinking water system and sanitary facilities. This safe and secured environment will encourage more and more women to go to school.

euricisay's picture

Intensify Gender Education!

Hello. One of the solutions that I think sustainable in nature is the integration of Gender and Development in the school curriculum at all levels and to intensify the Information and campaign at all sectors of our society. It may take us a long time to materialize all our desires but it will surely open the minds of the people and will lead to the eradication of the many forms of gender violence. It should be a Government-led initiative to be assured of its sustainability.

Lea's picture

A change is needed

Thank you, Bagirathi, for sharing with us the tragic situation of many girls and women in Tamil Nadu. It's heartbreaking to read about the kind of abuse that they are subjected to on a daily basis.
One feels helpless after reading that girls are discouraged to study either because of abuse, family pressure, poor hygiene or limited access to facilities.
Girls and women should be supported within their community and encouraged to get an education in order to improve their conditions.
You have clearly pointed out the roots of the problem and are addressing issues that are occurring in many countries around the world.
Thanks to you we can learn more about the lives of these girls/women and think of possible solutions to ending this ongoing cycle of violence.
Euricisay has made a good suggestion. Let's hope the Indian government will one day require the integration of Gender and Development in the schools.

estelle's picture


Your story is so touching. I wish ur voice be heard during this campaign. luv

Jill Dulitsky's picture

You touched my soul!

Dear Bagirathi,

Thank you so much for sharing your story; you are a brave woman. I am so sorry for the outrageous conditions you are living in. I was brought to tears when you said that crimes against women are INCREASING and that they are throwing acid at women. It's totally unacceptable and we must continue to voice this to the world.

I agree with the above comments that gender equality has to be taught in school. It sounds like all the money in the world won't change the culture unless gender equality is taught from the top down and the bottom up. Your voice is so important!

Keep up your amazing work and just know that we are here for you.

Kindly, Jill Dulitsky, USA

edelgros's picture

Bagirathi, Thank-you so much


Thank-you so much for sharing these insights with the world. This sounds like such a complicated problem, and I can understand why the girls might become frustrated like you said.

I completely agree with the earlier comments- until we really begin to respect our girls and value their education, we will never change. It sounds like your economy has a lot of economic problems, and girls and women are the solution! Empowering them will only help the community.

I'm glad there are women like you who are willing to take risks to share your insight. The more women in your community who are able to do the same, the better things will get! Do not be discouraged- your voice is heard.


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