On March 16, we celebrated Girlhood. Under the shade of a benign old tree at the Gandhi Peace Plaza at the India International Centre, New Delhi, we told stories about brave girls and resourceful women.
To remind children of outstanding real life heroines, Sunita Baveja conducted a quiz on Indian women achievers, which had been put together by Devika Rangachari. To our delight, hardly any questions remained unanswered.
Both girls and boys created amazing posters celebrating women power and talked about them. Girls spoke passionately about following their dreams and boys saluted the important contribution women made in their lives.
The other, in a classical dance style, focussed on the traditional theme of Shakti, the power of the Devi, and was performed by girls from Bal Bharati, Pitampura.
An uplifting celebration, indeed, made possible by the enthusiastic support of the programme department of IIC.
Surely, if we continue to celebrate girlhood with children, it would make a considerable dent on the patriarchal mindset which keeps girls unwanted and maginalised in our country and is responsible for numberless horrifying crimes against girls and women.