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Anam Khan
Anam Khan

Age 26 Years

Uttar Pradesh

Anam is currently pursuing her Masters in Social Work from Lucknow University. She has actively participated in our Film Appreciation Workshops, where we facilitate conversations on gender sensitive films. She is very vocal about social issues, has a good command over languages and is fond of debates. Anam is keen in social work and wishes to pursue her career in this field.

Julie Devi
Julie Devi

Age 18 Years

Uttar Pradesh

Julie works with Oxfam India partner Astitva as a volunteer. She was initially a member of the adolescent girl’s group of Astitva. She is a strong advocate for women’s rights and gender equality and actively mobilises people in her village to promote girl’s education. She has braved many odds to be who she is today. When her brother found out about her leading efforts to achieve women’s rights, he hit her in the face with a brick. This did not stop her from pursuing her passion. She has been breaking quite some stereotypes in her own ways by riding a motorcycle in the village, stopping a child marriage and pursuing education despite so many hardships. She is setting an example for all girls in her village that women can do whatever they want to.

Nazmul Hasan
Nazmul Hasan

Age 23 Years

Uttar Pradesh

Nazmul is pursuing his Masters in Social Work from Shakuntala Mishra University, Lucknow. He participated in the Mega Mobilisation event of Bano Nayi Soch in the year 2017 in Lucknow and also the Film Appreciation Workhops in 2018. He was deeply inspired by these and have initiated individual actions to create safer spaces for women and girls in his family. When his conservative parents objected on his sister wearing jeans, Nazmul stood by his sister and supported her. Recently, he has also supported two young girls who were being molested by their step-father. He informed the school authorities about the situation. It was because of his action, the girls are in a safer environment today. Nazmul is a strong advocate for women and girl’s right. In his freetime, he loves to dance.

Kopin Kumar
Kopin Kumar

Age 23 Years

Uttar Pradesh

Kopin belongs to Chandan Farm village in Purkazi Block of Muzzafarnagar in UP. He is an active member of the men’s group of Oxfam India partner Astitva and also volunteers for them. After attending the regular sessions on gender rights, Kopin has initiated individual actions in his own family to support his two sisters to pursue their studies. When his younger sister, after completing her Class 10 examination wanted to move to a nearby city to pursue further studies, their father objected. Kopin took full responsibility of his sister’s education and is currently supporting her by bearing all her education expenses. He is very popular amongst his peers for being so vocal about gender issues and is an inspiration for other young boys.

Kamlesh Kumar
Kamlesh Kumar

Age 26 Years

Uttar Pradesh

Kamlesh is a person with disability from a Dalit community in Bankatia village of Azamgarh district in Uttar Pradesh. He is an active member of the youth collective of Oxfam India Partner SRSP. He married a girl whom he loved and did not take any dowry, which is otherwise a common practice in his village. His marriage has become an example in the village. He is also supporting the education of his wife and her sister. He advocates on women and girl’s rights actively, in his village.

Gurbari Sirdar
Gurbari Sirdar

Age 17 Years

Chhattisgarh

Gurbari Sidar belongs to Shankatpalli village of Dabhara Block in Chhattisgarh. Just like the other girls in her village, who were married off early, Gurbari’s marriage too was planned by her parents. But before this could happen to Gurbari, she joined the girls group by Nivedita Foundation, partner of Oxfam India in Chhattisgarh. Through the intensive workshops on gender issues, she learned about gender equality and adversaries of child and early marriage. But her brother and father wanted to marry her off soon. Gurabari tried her best to convince her parents, but it was difficult. She then requested her mother Larmin Bai Sidar to join the meeting of group of women facilitated by Nivedita Foundation that discussed matters relating to gender equality. After attending the meetings of the women group, Larmin realised Gurbari’s perspective. She was successful in convincing the rest of her family members. Gurabari is no longer pressurized to marry, she has decided to continue her studies, pursue her hobbies viz tailoring, teaching dance to children and take decisions regarding her furture on her own.

Nagesh Kumar Banjarey
Nagesh Kumar Banjarey

Age NA

Chhattisgarh

Nagesh hails from Kenapali village in Chhattisgarh. He is a post graduate in Sanskrit and an active member of men and boys group of Oxfam India partner Nivedita Foundation. Nagesh feels he has undergone many changes as a result of his participation in the meetings. He has realized the inequalities embedded in our society and has begun to view issues from gender perspective. He takes stand to stop violence on women and girls and help them in seeking services. To further strengthen his understanding on social issues, he has enrolled for Masters in Sociology. Further, he also mobilized youth from his village to form an organization to work for persons with disability with special focus on women with disability. Nagesh spreads his learning on gender issues among youths of other villages – through whatsapp group and sometimes meeting them in person.

Aditya Boggavarapu
Aditya Boggavarapu

Age 20 Years

Chhattisgarh

Aditya who hails from Raipur in Chhattisgarh, is currently pursuing bachelors in Electrical and Electronics Engineering. He is passionate of exploring things beyond years. His fields of interests includes (Analysing strategies for start up’s, hosting stage shows, public speaking, Research and Development, writing articles & Teaching Students). His main aim is to make technology accessible to all sections of the society with special focus on women and girls. Therefore, cost reduction of existing technology and making products gender friendly is something which Aditya is passionate about. He is also acting as a CEO of E-CELL B.I.T, Raipur and a B -Certificate holder in NSS. He is the secretary of the Gender Champion Cell in his institute. He desires to work towards making a professional world where no job is seen as an ‘odd job for women’.

Purankashi Sahu
Purnakshi Sahu

Age 20 Years

Chhattisgarh

Purnakshi Sahu is currently pursuing her Masters in Computer Science. Her passion goes beyond computers and technology. Her field of interest includes poetry writing, art and craft (dry flower, clay, siphorex work, zardozi etc.) She has been a resource person for Government of Chhattisgarh’s summer camp AAKAR. She has been associated with AAKAR for more than 4 years and conducted 6 AAKAR workshop and has trained more than 600 participants in the age group 10 years to 50 years. Purnakshi is also well known in the theatre society of Chhattisgarh. Besides writing scripts for drama, she acts and is very well known for her direction skills. She has directed number of dramas for different organizations. She has been honored as judge for drama competitions. She is passionate about engineering a gender just society through the medium of art, craft and drama

Ahalya Bag
Ahalya Bag

Age 20 Years

Odisha

Ahalya Bag belongs to Borbhata village in Kalahandi District of Odisha. Though she wanted to continue her education, but due to her family’s economic condition, she had to leave her studies. She has joined our adolescent girls group and participates actively in all programmes and meetings held there. With the support of her group, she participated in a livelihood skill training programme and has started tailoring as her new profession. She now owns a shop, has brought her own sewing machine and has started earning on her own. She is an inspiration for other girls in her village.

Ahalya Bag
Rita Das

Age 19 Years

Odisha

Rita Das, 19, is our group leader of the Yuva Sangh of Baladiabandha village in Odisha. She has been an inspiration for her peers as she guides victims of exploitation, violence and deprivation in seeking justice. But in her own childhood she was not that fortunate. Her father was not just polygamous; he married thrice to three different women. Rita’s biological mother being one of the them. Given the situation her mother left home and took shelter at her parent’s place (Rita’s maternal grandfather’s place). Here also, it was not all smooth faring for Rita and her family. Her education was stopped after she passed the school exams although she wanted to study higher and to grow and establish herself. She took to tuition of small children in the village to support her family. She thereafter joined the youth group of Oxfam India partner ISWO and helped the organisation in facilitating developmental activities in the village.

Mohit Patra
Mohit Patra

Age 18 Years

Odisha

Mohit Patra is an active member of Youth Group from Borbhata village in Kalahandi, Odisha. Since one and half year he got involved in the process and actively participates in all the development programs held at village and block level. After his involvement in the initiative he understood how patriarchy and the social norms give a leeway for boys to make nasty comments to girls and woman, now he is actively educating youth on these issues and objects if any boys are doing so. He and his group has taken the initiative of cleaning of their village on a monthly basis and also sensitize the community to keep the village clean.

Tapas Ranjan Das
Tapas Ranjan Das

Age 19 Years

Odisha

Tapas Ranjan Das is a member and group leader of the youth group of Baladiabandha in Dhenkanal district of Odisha. He is very active in social and gender issues in his village. With support from Oxfam India Partner ISWO, he has been successful in stopping a big racket of child trafficking in the plea of marriage in his village He had left his studies previously but after attending the regular sessions held by ISWO, he has realized the value of education. He is now a student of civil engineering. He is an inspiration for the youth in his village.

Malabika Jank
Malabika Jank

Age 30 Years

Odisha

Malabika hails from a small hamlet of migrant tribals settled in the north-eastern part of Dhenkanal district in Odisha. As natural in such a situation, she had a humble living that too being member of a large family with six brothers and sisters. But she was dauntless and for that reason only she could pursue her higher secondary studies at Sadangi College which 32 kms away from her place. She had to cycle every day to reach her college. She continues to help all children from her Munda (SC) community to get enrolled in schools and also supports them in adressing their primary health issues. Gradually she started helping women from her community on maternal health issues. She actively fought against anti-women statements in her local panchayat on forced child marriage, physical assault etc. She has also supported a rape survivor by filing her case in the police station and assisting the police to nab the perpetrator. She is an inspiration for everyone in her village for her relentless efforts in preventing child marriage.

Deepanjali Patra
Deepanjali Patra

Age 17 Years

Odisha

Deepanjali Patra from Borbhata village in Kalahandi district of Odisha is a youth leader of our campaign since 2017. She got involved in this initiative through community meeting and sensitization program conducted by Oxfam India partner NAWO, Odisha Chapter on Child Marriage and Violence against Women. She joined as a collective member of Adolescent Girls Group in the year 2017. When she learned that her family had fixed her marriage, she convinced her parents and community that her age is not appropriate for marriage. She strongly stood by her decision and eventually was successful in stopping her marriage.

Ajit Kumar
Ajit Kumar

Age 19 Years

Bihar

Ajit who is from Shekhopur village in Bihar, comes from a family of landless agriculture labour. His parents have taken a piece of land on lease and together they cultivate it and take care of the needs of the family of 8 people. Ajit joined the Yuva Dastak (youth group) 2 years back and took active interest in the meetings. He understands the issues in his village and mobilizes people against child marriage, domestic violence, health and education. He understands the importance of education and skill building and has completed a course under Kaushal Vikas Yojana. He motivates his peer towards education and skill building and last year connected 16 boys with the skill development program run by the state government. He has been instrumental in re-admission of dropout children from his village. He is an inspiration to the youth in his village.

Asha Kumari
Asha Kumari

Age 19 Years

Bihar

Asha comes from a Maha Dalit family in Paimar village in Bihar. Her parents are landless labourers and are just able to feed the family of 6 people. When in class 9th, Asha thought of leaving her studies as the economic condition of her family was not good. She became a part of the Yuva Dastak in 2016 and her friends got to know about her decision. After sessions of counselling, she was persuaded to continue her studies. Meanwhile her parents had already started looking for a groom for Asha. She resisted and continued her studies. This was a turning point in her life and she made a point to oppose child marriage in the village at all platforms. This year she passed her matriculation exams with a 1st Division. She is the first girl in her panchayat to get a first division in matric. She has become an inspiration to all the girls in her school and village.

Samsuna
Samsuna

Age 20 Years

Bihar

Sansuna is from Loha Danga village of Kishanganj district in Bihar. Samsuna has been associated with the Yuva Dastak and has always taken keen interest in understanding issues related to gender inequality in the society. She had also participated in a meeting of Oxfam India network partner Sajha Manch organized in Patna and was very motivated to resolve cases of domestic violence in her village. Understanding the importance of livelihood, Samsuna also encourages girls for life skill training and education. She herself is a tailor master. Samsuna has motivated 100 girls to take re admission in schools and has resolved 44 domestic violence cases through counselling. The community looks at her with respect and she is a role model for the young girls.

Ruban Kumari
Ruban Kumari

Age 17 Years

Bihar

Ruban comes from a Dalit family in Patapur village in Madhubani district of Bihar. Her parents are daily wage labourers. As work is not available all throughout the year, Ruban’s family is always in a financial crisis. Usually in such conditions the girl child in the family does not get to higher education. But Ruban stayed strong and convinced her parents to allow her to pursue her studies. She has a deep understanding of social issues like untouchability, discrimination, domestic violence. She is not only an active member of the Mahila Dastak in her village, but also has helped in forming the adolescent girls group. Ruban encourages all the girls in her village to attend school and explains to them the social evils surrounding illiteracy and inequality. For the girls, Ruban is a great motivator and considered to be very brave.

Ruban Kumari
Rukhsana Parveen

Age 21 Years

Bihar

Rukhsana comes from a low income disadvantaged family in Khadi Basti village of Kishanganj District in Bihar. She has 5 sisters and a brother. Seven years back her mother died and her father remarried. Rukhsana wanted to study after 10th but was not allowed to as she was needed to take care of her siblings. Social norms in her village allowed girls to be married of early and men to have more than two/three wives. Her village is also affected by floods and during that time traffickers visit the village to buy girls and sometime take them away in the pretext of marriage. Ruksana always wanted to change this. She joined the Mahila Dastak and developed her understanding on Violence Against Women and Girls and became active amongst the young girls. The support from the organization gave her confidence and with other members of her group, Ruksana has been able to prevent cases of trafficking and violence in her village. She wishes to pursue her education and encourages other girls to do so.

Ajay Kr Soren
Ajay Kr Soren

Age 22 Years

Jharkhand

Ajay belongs to Gunidih village of Vidya Sagar block in Jamtara district of Jharkhand. He has been an active member of the adolescent boys group formed in his village by Oxfam India partner Lokdeep. He participates in the sessions on gender rights with full enthusiasm. Ajay with his leadership skills has formed a football team by the name Sindhu Kanhu Club, with the boys of his village. He is the captain of this team. The team has played many matches and is now popular in the district. He encourages and inspires other boys to play.

Bina Kumari
Bina Kumari

Age 18 Years

Jharkhand

Bina hails from Mohanpur village in Vidya Sagar block of Jamtara district in Jharkhand. Her family is engaged in agriculture. They own a small piece of land, which Bina’s parents cultivate besides working as contractual farm laborers. After her elder sisters’ marriage, there was a pressure on her to get married as well. Bina did not want to get married; rather wanted to study further. She is also keen in sports. The adolescent girls group learnt about her situation and persuaded her parents to let her continue her studies. She completed her studies in the village middle school till class 8th and then went to Birajpur High School where she passed her matriculation. Being active in sports, Bina formed a girl’s football team and influenced others in her village to send their daughters to study and play.

Preeti Kumari
Preeti Kumari

Age 18 Years

Jharkhand

Preeti hails from Jamuniya Tand village of Bokaro district in Jharkhand. She comes from a low income disadvantaged family. He father sells coal in local market to make a living. Besides such hardships, Preeti completed her education till 10th Class. She has been associated with the adolescent girls group in her village and has been an active member. Her exposure to gender rights during the sessions have empowered her to motivate and encourage eight girls from her village to continue their studies. She also engages with the villagers on issues of domestic violence.

Hemant Sahu
Hemant Sahu

Age 26 Years Female

Jharkhand

Hemant is from Sisai village in Gumla district of Jharkhand. He is a person living with locomotor disability. He lost his parents when he was young but managed on his own to study till Secondary School. He is an active member of the youth group in his village and also participates in the federation meeting of his village. He initiates conversations on gender issues esp on violence and gender based discrimination in these village meetings. Hemant has good networking skills with the government officials, PRI representatives and other stakeholders like ICDS workers, Rozgar Sewak, MGNREGA officials and have linked 12 women with government schemes. He encourages his wife to engage in employment generating activities and shares the care work at home. He is a role model in his area and is well known for helping people living with disability, especially women.

Hemant Sahu
Lalita Kumari

Age 23 Years Female

Jharkhand

Lalita is from Bargaon village in Sisai block of Gumla district in Jharkhand. She comes from a low income disadvantaged family. She lost her father when she was young and her mother works to eke out a living for the family. Lalita’s education was never a priority for the family. She was forced to leave her studies after Class 5 due to various reasons. But after joining the adolescent girls group in her village, she was encouraged to study further. She completed her matriculation examination and has emerged as a group leader working actively in issues related to violence and discrimination of women and girls. She facilitates the group meetings and motivates other girls to continue their education. Two drop out girls have been enrolled in school due to her efforts. She earns through tuitions and supports her brother and sister. She is role model in her village.