Founded in 2007 by Govind Singh Rathore, Sambhali Trust is a local grassroots NGO based in Jodhpur (Rajasthan). Its aim is to help women from deprived communities (especially Dalits) in order to empower them and help them reach autonomy.
Only eight students took the risk of speaking a foreign language in front of the entire group, six of them were female--a powerful moment demonstrating the fearlessness of the girl child's pursuit of education.
Like Hilary Clinton's said: "women's rights are human rights and human rights are women's rights", so let's make sure we recruit more people to strive for equality and appreciate those who already are. In this world where inequality is so prevalent, we should aim to all be feminists together.
However, every day I wonder: why do none of these women have a job? Why have they been engaged or married at fifteen? Why did they leave school so young? Why is more time and money spent on their weddings than on their education? Why don't they have an easier access to latrines? Why do they cover their face and stop laughing and talking when a man comes into the room? Is it forbidden to look happy if there is a man around?
Coming from a country with a total population of 35 million people, it is hard for me to imagine a population as large as 250 million - never mind that this entire group is considered outcast. Two-fifty million people born into disadvantage, who continue to be victims of violence and injustice. The Dalit population is seven times that of Canada, and yet a large percentage experience discrimination, abuse and rape every single day.