Three applicants for the ‘Girl Stars’ award in India have been nominated to apply for the Asian Girl Rights Award.
Ms. Bisma Zaffar, Jammu & Kashmir State of India: An extremely active young children’s paper’s reporter in Kashmir, who comes from a socio-economic and educationally backward border village of district Kupwara in Kashmir.
Bisma, as a Peace Gong reporter, is trying to bring together girls of her area to help give them a voice and a platform to raise their concerns on issues affecting them. In her school and locality, she is encouraging girl students to get enrolled in school and giving her best to help them in their day to day needs and issues. She is also an active member of the local child protection committee.
Ms. Thansila M U, Waynad, Kerala State of India: President of the Waynad Shishu Panchayat (children’s council; a national movement to teach democracy and rights of children in India) and Editor of the Peace Gong Malayalam edition and contributor to Peace Gong children’s newspaper at the national level. Thansila has taken up a series of programs in her community, she comes from a Muslim background.
Under the leadership of Thansila, the Waynad Shishu Panchayat has initiated a children’s bank which helps in promoting literacy amongst the children. This team has also adopted a bamboo village where children, especially girls, from marginalized background are taking training in paper bag making and other sustainable activities.
Ishita Uppal from Panchkula, Haryana State of India: A Brand Ambassador of Haryana state against the evil of Female Foeticide. The youngest known social worker, she took great interest in community work at the tender age of 10. From that time, she has been delivering lectures at various places and in public meetings. At 12, she took on an expedition and travelled around several districts of Haryana and some parts of Punjab, bringing awareness among masses on the rights of the girl child through her lectures & road-shows. She has also been awarded by the President of India. Ishita aims to spread her message to promote girls now at international level. She is presently in 11th grade at the Standard local School and has also written a collection of 60 poems, which is to be published shortly.