The initiative will see a group of young visionary women travel via train from India’s state of Bihar to the state of Rajasthan.
On this special journey, the girls will engage in conversations and learning activities with young women and girls from Rajasthan, discussing issues such as early child marriage, their vision for a better and more equal future, and their economic and social empowerment.
Afrina, 14, catches a glimpse of the Taj Mahal as the train drags out of Agra station. “I have always wanted to see the Taj Mahal, and now I’m seeing it,” she beamed, “I can’t wait to tell my sister about it.”
We are on board the Zirayat Express which reaches Jaipur at 1:00pm tomorrow. Amidst the tension, anxiety and nervousness there is tons of excitement, which overshadows everything else.
The girls’ first metro ride was filled with laughter and excitement. They were taken to Shyam Nagar metro station, where all the staff members are women.
This morning started with an electrifying session from Ganga Gupta, who is a master trainer. Setting the tone for the day, she set the energy levels soaring and was a instant favourite amongst the girls. Ms. Gupta has 30 years of experience as a trainer.
This morning began with a sharing session, sharing of stories, sharing of knowledge and in the process, the girls from Bihar and Rajasthan realised that even though they may seem different, they are actually quite like.
Priyanka, Sulekha and Fatema sharing their stories with everyone.
At an age when they should be studying and playing, they’ve fought battles that many would find hard to even imagine. Even when a wall and a shut gate stood between them and an open field, it was but natural that they helped each other cross over to the other side.
What happens when you make new friends? Play kabaddi with them, of course!
After the sharing session, it was now time for some lightheartedness. And who better to get the room up and jumping than Ganga Gupta!
The girls from the two states welcomed each other with open arms and for a moment, the differences that exist between them because of geography and boundaries melted away.