Mansi Tripathi, Laksana Balaji, and Ayesha Rathore
Class 10, Army Public School, K Kamaraj Road, Bengaluru
Gender inequality has always been prevalent in Indian society. It is particularly prominent in slums. Koramangala, Bengaluru, with a large area under slum settlement is also experiencing this issue. This is why we as citizen geographers studied this issue and have started taking anticipatory steps to address it.
During personal visits to one of the slums, we observed a lot of gender inequality, to the disadvantage of women. For example: women get poorer quality food compared to the men; pregnant women are not getting the prenatal care that they need; girls are denied schooling and, instead, sent to work as domestic maids.
As Citizen Geographers, we have begun to make an intervention mainly pertaining to girls’ education including:
- Raising awareness of the importance of their education among families,
- Raising awareness about their rights among the girls,
- Offering workshops for both boys and girls in their own area, and
- Raising funds to buy books for the children.
We have begun making progress in talking some girls out of this trance which was holding them back from gaining holistic development. The donation process has also been gaining strength in our neighborhood.
We also made posters for effective implementation of these methods and hope to make a difference, even if it’s only a little bit, to empower these girls to be able to speak with their own voices and to pursue their own dreams.