In India, the empowerment and education of adolescent girls are crucial for sustainable development and social justice, particularly in a society where patriarchal norms significantly influence the status and opportunities available to women and girls. This article underscores the importance of focusing on adolescent girls in India, supported by data and statistics, and applauds the efforts of organizations like Sukarya, leading the way in gender equality and empowerment.
On International Women’s Day in 2017, Sukarya launched its “Educate, Protect and Empower Adolescent Girls” programme for adolescent girls living in slums. Its primary goal was to ignite positive change in young girls so they could embark on a journey of learning and leading by understanding implications of early child marriage, sexual abuse, gender-based violence and discrimination.
In the ongoing global health crisis, it has become critical to empower and engage our youth for the well-being of the society they live in. An inclusive future will determine their fate and ours. By 2030, it is estimated that it 1 in 4 people on the planet will live in a slum. As per the recent U.N. data, 68% of world’s population will live in urban areas by 2050.