On 12 July we celebrated education activist Malala Yousafzai's birthday with activities for the children living in our Rehab Center. A few days later our Malala Peer Mentors went on the road with our Childline and Udaan teams to promote gender equality in an area known for high levels of child marriage.
With support from our Indians for Collective Action (ICA) volunteers from the USA, our peer mentors developed and performed streetplays highlighting the laws and support available to protect girls. They took three streetplays to Pathardi district driving home to importance of educating girls meeting with village and community leaders.
Snehalaya joined forces with Malala Fund in 2015 and since then, we have worked with them, our Snehalaya teams, and others to continue to advocate for girls’ education. This includes celebrating Malala Day, 12 July, the Nobel Laureate’s birthday, with activities and awareness-raising. Our peer mentors, girls between 13 and 17, are the children of sex workers living with HIV/AIDS and/or slum dwellers. As well as involving them in the delivery of our workshops and presentations, they advocate for gender equality, sharing how we can promote girls’ education, what issues they face as girls, and their solutions to redress the balance in education.