When girls are allowed to be themselves Society wins
Author: Bhagyashree Saini
Child marriage survivor (Women and Child rights Activist)
When girls are allowed to be themselves, Society wins- says Bhagyashree Saini, a child marriage survivor and role model for thousands of girls.
Sometimes, people accept me, sometimes they reject me. Sometimes they think I am a rebel, sometimes they think and try to ensure that I fit according to them. Sometimes I am ambitious which is a dirty word according to them and trust me, I am very ok with it because they are not accepting this social evil attached to my personality. For me, it includes my overall package, which I carry. And many times it’s a filter which removes those people who are not like-minded. Now, I have realised where this mentality comes from, and I completely understand the fact that it’s not only about low education. It’s about those deep-rooted and regressive thoughts that they carry with themselves throughout their life. I chose to be ambitious, a woman of my own words, and I know the cost of it.
“My name is Bhagyashree and more than anything, my primary identity is that “I am a child marriage survivor”. I fought for 11 years to come out of this social evil.
I completed my graduation when I was only 18 years old. I skipped the majority of my classes before my board exams, to complete my school education.
Being a science graduate, post-graduate in Public administration and certified from the world-renowned universities like Harvard, Stanford and British Columbia, presently I am an author and a blogger on many national and international platforms like UNICEF, International Youth Journal, women web, story mirror, PenThere, youth ki aawaz etc. , writing for the issues concerned with Women and Child rights. I also run my blog for generating awareness on Child marriage.
At a very early age, I took the responsibility of sustaining my life on my own and started my career by first working as a counsellor and then as a placement officer.
Currently, I am serving as the President of Women and Child Wing for National Youth Council of India (NYCI), Rajasthan, and as National Women Secretary for Masoom Bachpan foundation, along with my preparation for Civil services.
Being a former Senior Under Officer and Best Cadet in NCC, and a Gold medalist in anchoring, I have recently been conferred with “Women achievers award” on International Women Day, 2020, by B.N.Patel Institute, Vadodara.
At last “If society can’t treat us like heroes, then they don’t have any right to treat us like victims either, as you can never understand the real cost of my child marriage, which took 11 years of my life”.
A child marriage survivor
Bhagyashree Saini, a Child marriage survivor ( Women and Child rights Activist) is from Rajasthan India. She pursued her master’s degree in Public Administration and got herself certified in International women rights from Stanford University, Child rights from Harvard University and Gender & Sexuality issues from University of British Columbia. She currently writes on platforms like “UNICEF” and “International youth journal”. She is serving as a “Women and Child Wing President” in National youth council of India and National women secretary for Masoom Bachpan Foundation.
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