$Adolescent Empowerment $ today is the key to a more $equitable tomorrow$.

How can you hope to win a fight when you don’t start on an even playing field?

For generations, Indian girls have been losing the battle for autonomy to our deep-rooted system of patriarchy.  Add economic exclusion and extreme gender and caste discrimination to the mix, and ask yourself – how can they then hope to reach their potential? How can they dream when we don’t give them the option to? How do we empower them to create an equitable community for themselves and future generations? 

From sex-selective abortions to a high rate of female infant mortality, the odds are against them from the start. Often unwanted, girls face neglect and discrimination in their very own families, resulting in poorer health, higher instances of anaemia, and lower chances of completion of education. They are deprived of choices and of freedom to imagine a life they can live on their own terms, free of violence and discrimination. 

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De Taali

Breakthrough is on a mission to reach out to adolescents across the country in an initiative to seed change early. The programme reaches over 543,000 adolescents in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and Haryana where early marriage and crimes against women are rampant.

Forging alliances with parents, teachers, health-workers, government officials and entire communities, Breakthrough is working to improve the determinants of gender, health and education for both boys and girls.

A youth-club called ‘Taaron ki Toli’ has already been launched in hundreds of school campuses in North India to bring gender-equity into classrooms at an age when concepts of identity are still being formed. Boys and girls are learning to see life from both sides of the gender divide as they explore personality, personal aspiration and potential.

The programme evocatively calls out, ‘De Taali – banegi baat saath-saath’, asking people to support these young lives by helping them

    • Create safe spaces in schools and within their own communities
    • Gain confidence by acquiring life skills
    • Discover opportunity through education
    • Get access to healthcare services, irrespective of gender.
    • Receive counselling on gender equity and reproductive rights
    • Build an ecosystem in which adolescent voices are heard

The programme is geared to tackle the issue at three levels. At the level of society, the programme will address norms and cultural practices which prevent girls from achieving their full potential. At the institutional level, the work will be centered around the family and government to impact indicators such as level of education and access to health and nutrition. Further, at an individual level, Breakthrough seeks to works with young people to empower them to be able to make their own decisions and lead a full life.

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