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School girl wins award for social activism

Apr 09, 2012

A young girl's campaign to stand up against the humiliation of widowed women in her remote village wins her a national award lauding her brave efforts.

After the death of her father, young Jyoti Yadav watched her widowed mother becoming a victim of terrible humiliation at her village in Alwar, Rajasthan. But instead of standing by in mute silence, Jyoti decided to protest and started a campaign for the empowerment of other women like her mother. Her campaign, Respect for Widows in Society, has not only made a difference to the lives of widows in her society but also won her a coveted award.

A 7th grade student at Bharti Foundation’s Satya Bharti School Government Upper Primary School, Jyoti won one of the top two national honours at the 2012 Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards in recognition of her brave fight for the respect and empowerment of widows. Jyoti will represent India at the felicitation event for Spirit honorees from all participating countries at Washington in May 2012.

Speaking about her win, Jyoti said “I am very happy that I have won this award. This campaign is very special to me as I wanted to change the way people treated my mother and other such women in our village.” Jyoti’s work was first short-listed for the award from over 3,000 entries primarily from urban schools, across the country and later named as one of the two winners of the top national honours.

The Satya Bharti School Program is the flagship rural education initiative of the Bharti Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Bharti Group of Companies. Launched in 2006, these schools are part of one of the country’s largest rural education initiatives set up to provide free quality education to underprivileged children, particularly girls belonging to minority communities. Currently, more than 33,000 children are enrolled in 253 Satya Bharti Schools across six Indian states.

The Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards acknowledges the efforts of school children currently engaged in voluntary community service and holds them up as role models for young Indians. The program is an extension of the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, the largest youth recognition program in the US based exclusively on volunteer service.

For girls like Jyoti, such awards serve as an encouragement to continue making a difference and open up doors of opportunities to continue the good work. 

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