Three ‘Girl Stars Award’ applicants nominated for the Asian Girl Rights Award.

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.

 

15 Indian Girls to Look Up to

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This past Sunday, 15 girls were awarded with the ‘Girl Star Awards’ in recognition to their outstanding work and achievements on the different areas of social, scientific, and cultural interest. The awards, were jointly organized by NGO Yuvsatta, KB DAV Senior Secondary Model School, Dr GC Mishra Memorial Educational and Charitable Trust for the first time, and presented by former Union Cabinet minister Pawan Kumar Bansal.

Among the awardees were young actress Wamiqa Gabbi, international-level shooter Anjum Moudgil, Class XI student and football player Jaspreet Kaur Rishi, Class XI student and Google Science 2013 fair finalist Shristi Asthana, extremely multi-talented Aishna Vashisth, athlete Balwinder Kaur Noori, Haryana brand ambassador against female foeticide Ishita Uppal, non-profit entrepreneur Manveen Sarna, high achievers Anu Yadav, Jaswinder Kaur, Namrata Singh, brave Komal Kohli Saxena, artist Pragati Trikha, and engineer researcher Sonal Asgotraa.

The Asian Girl Campaign expresses its most heartfelt congratulations to these inspiring young role models. Go girls!