Apurna

“I helped stop a child marriage. I had learnt from the VOICE 4 Girls camps that child marriage is illegal.”

VOICE 4 GIRLS ‘Camper’

Apurna is a high school student from a deprived family who lives and studies at a residential social welfare school. She completed the VOICE 4 Girls camps and became a ‘Sakhi’ peer leader at her school. She teaches other students, as well as the people in her community, what she learnt at the VOICE camps. She explains how these camps had a very direct impact on her family.

“My father had told my sister, who was 16 years old, that she was to be married soon. I had learnt from the VOICE 4 Girls camps that child marriage is illegal in India.  I also learnt about the consequences of teenage pregnancy and didn’t want my sister to face those problems.  So I negotiated with my father and convinced him to cancel the wedding.  My sister is now continuing her education.  I am very happy that I could take this action!”

This story is real. In accordance with Indian and Scottish regulations and recommendations, names and/or photos have been changed to protect identity and to respect confidentiality.

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