OUR CHILD CHAMPIONS
Five child champions nominated for International Children's Peace Prize 2020
Nazreen is a 15-year-old volunteer of life skills and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in her community from Govandi in Mumbai. She leads a team of 14 children adolescents and has given around 100 trainings on topics such as malnutrition, hygiene and SRHR in the past six years. She also counsels pregnant women in her area and makes sure they are registered in a hospital in the first trimester and also guides women in her area on what to feed their children.
Vasundhara is a14-year-old girl from the Dardaturki in Tonk district of Rajasthan who has reached more than 180 girls through life skill education sessions and awareness on menstrual hygiene. She has been active in generating awareness on child marriage and sexual and reproductive health and rights issues among adolescent girls in her village. She played a vital role in submission of girls demand at Gram panchayat, block and district level to authorities. She has submitted a demand to upgrade Khedula village school from 5th to 8th standard, to ask for sanitary napkins scheme benefit for private schools in the village, for incinerator for disposal of sanitary napkins etc. Jashoda is a 15-year-old from Ashapura village from Osian district in Rajasthan who is an active campaigner for stopping Violence against Women and Girls. She has trained 120 Girls in Life Skill Education. She is an advocate for self-defence training, education, life skills among girls to ensure their safety. She has been instrumental in stopping four child marriages, motivated ten girls to pursue higher education and oriented 500 girls to act against violence against women.
Poonam is a 13-year-old, from Nashik, Maharashtra who is an active campaigner for health and hygiene rights for children. She has participated in over 110 sessions on Health and Sanitation and influenced over 2500 community members for regular hygiene practices. She is the Child Representative of School Management Committee (SMC) in her school. She raises issues (if any) and shares best practices during SMC’s monthly meetings. She, along with her fellow children group members ensures clean toilets at schools, use of washrooms in community, regular hygiene practices like handwashing and use of soap etc. to keep the community healthy.
Naushin is a 15-year-old ardent advocate for gender equality among Muslim girls in her community in Bihar. She conducts sessions on life skills and encourages other adolescent girls in her village to raise their voice against child marriage and various other gender stereotypes. She is known for her direct negotiation with Ministers for moves against child marriage and the need for skill building with specific focus to encourage girls to engage in vocational activities. Due to her continuous effort, girls in her community have started to refuse marriages forced by their families before the legal marriageable age and also focus on things they want to pursue in life, like education and vocational trainings.