Saturday, September 17, 2005

Defying Taboos For Empowerment

Via Indian Express, Pallavi Singh draws our attention to an innovative and important program of female empowerment.

Lessons in reproductive health have not only meant shedding the ‘taboos’ for these mostly Muslim girls from Dharavi, it has also taught them how to say ‘No’.

The targeted age group is 15-19 from the urban slums of Dharavi where most girls are condemned to an early marriage and subsequent motherhood. ‘‘FOGSI is aware of the grim reality that every 6th mother in India is an adolescent. Information alone can tackle unsafe abortions, HIV/AIDS and sexual abuse,’’ says Shah.

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