It's very encouraging for me to become a Collective Impact Partnership Fellow. It’s great to have this opportunity to share my campaigns, learning, and experiences that I have gathered while working for the cause of stopping sexual violence and gender equality.
I am privileged to be a part of the team of the Feminist organization Akshara Centre which does the work of empowering young girls. It is a very inspiring and motivating experience to observe the change in the lives of girls in society.
All these girls are living in Mumbai's different communities. They are dreaming for the best safe and equal world for them with Akshara. Yes, they too are struggling to make their own existence and Akshara Centre is constantly working to inspire them to turn their dreams into realities fearlessly.
In this process, Akshara girls are taking leadership, being part of different networks and leading the campaign in their own community. This year as a part of the Learning Communities program these leaders have started a campaign for safe public places for women and girls claiming a right to access public places which are occupied by men in this patriarchal society.
This is a constitutional right of every woman and girl. Akshara Team along with young women Leaders will continue with this campaign and we need more such campaigns in the city.
Local citizens have recognized and appreciated this leadership of young women and have supported the implementation of the campaign in their areas instilling a sense of confidence in them.
And this campaign continues……