Aisshwarya - KidsRights
“We need to strive for a society without gender discrimination”.
Name

Aisshwarya

Country of origin
India
Current country
India
Age
19
Theme:
Loves: Gardening, reading, sports

Aisshwarya is living and studying in India. She really loves reading, especially science books.

Aisshwarya has already taken action for the environment before. She did this by telling students what they can do to protect the environment, and to motivate them to plant trees.

Currently, she is fighting against gender inequality. She noticed that girls are seen as the weaker gender in her environment. They have less rights than boys do, for example to education, health care, work and decision making. Her dream is a community in which there is no discrimination based on gender, and where boys and girls are equal.

Are you curious how Aisshwarya is taking action to make her dream come true? Click here to read about her project!

Highlights

Gender Equality
Aisshwarya’s GIRLS = BOYS Clubs
What is the problem? Aisshwarya is noticing a lot of inequality around her. Girls are not treated the same as boys. They are seen as the weaker gender, and have less rights to for example education, health care, work and decision making. This image is created with children early on, and is therefore difficult to change. As a result, girls have less opportunities to develop and to choose their own future. Aisshwarya wants this to change. What is Aisshwarya’s solution? Aisshwarya is convinced that the image of girls can be changed by education and awareness. That is why she wants to inform children and parents, and make them aware of the rights of girls. She will do this via weekly awareness classes with boys and girls between 12 and 18 years old, in two villages. Next to that, she will organize an activity were not only children, but also parents will be present. They will do an exercise in which objects will be discussed related to gender: does this object remind you of a boy or a girl? These associations will be discussed and broken through. They will also make and spread posters together. These posters will illustrate the rights of girls. Last, Aisshwarya wants to set up GIRLS = BOYS Clubs, in which the rights of girls are being discussed. In all three activities, discrimination and the impact of this on girls is the main topic. The aim is to let both children as parents see that boys and girls have equal rights. What is her goal?   Making boys, girls, and parents listen would already be a success. Aisshwarya’s GIRLS = BOYS project will be present in two villages, when this is expanded to more villages, Aisshwarya has made a big step. How does Aisshwarya work?  Aisshwarya is leading her project, and is getting support in this from a local organization that is also fighting for young people. The theme Aisshwarya is going to discuss is a sensitive topic in her community. That is why she is curious what the response will be, but she is assuming it will be fine. With the teaching equipment, the approach, and her knowledge, she can hopefully convince the children and their parents. Who does Aisshwarya need?   Aisshwarya needs her friends and the local organization to support her with setting up the activities.
Violence
Hillary's Peace Clubs
What's the problem? In Ghana, in the neighborhood where Hillary lives, there is a lot of violence. This violence stems from conflicts between different Ghanaian tribes, and has already killed many people. This makes it unsafe for children to go to school and play outside. Fortunately, local organizations are fighting against violence and try to create peace. However, according to Hillary, children’s opinions are not taken into consideration when it comes to making decisions that affect them, and thinks they need to be more involved. This gave Hillary the idea to motivate and mobilize children to participate in activities that contribute to building peace. What is Hillary's solution? Hillary is convinced that his neighborhood will become safer when children and young people participate in campaigns that promote peace. For that reason he has established Peace Clubs, where young people unite and take action against violence. In each Peace Club there are 15 boys and girls, from 10 to 16 years old. Hillary thinks it is important that religions are brought together within these clubs, but also that all children can participate and, for example, disabled children are not excluded. The Peace Clubs organize events such as a Public Peace March and a Children's Peace Festival, to spread their message and motivate other peers to participate. What is the goal? The main goal of Hillary's Peace Clubs is to bring children from different backgrounds together and mobilize them to take action against violence. It is important that people start to see how important a child can be in building peace. How does Hillary work? Hillary thinks it's important to strengthen each other and is therefore planning to work together with several local organizations. He achieves this by telling the organizations about the Peace Clubs and by explaining how children can be of value in their activities. Hillary also guides the Peace Clubs with setting up peace marches, festivals and information sessions at schools. The Clubs meet once a week to exchange ideas. Another important part of Hillary's project is informing parents about the Peace Clubs visiting them personally. He does this so that the parents encourage their children to participate in the events of the Peace Clubs. What does Hillary need? Hillary uses posters, banners, pens and pencils to convey his message. Hillary also has shirts printed to create solidarity and to combat discrimination. By wearing the same shirt, all children look the same and everyone is equal. Who does Hillary need? Parents who give their children permission and motivate them to participate Schools where he can tell about his project Radio stations and newspapers to spread his message The local police to protect him and the other members of the Peace Clubs
Environment
Kids CleanSUP
What’s the problem?   Dean’s company WhaSUP NL gives SUP (Stand Up Paddling) tours through Schiedam and the surrounding area. During these tours, he sees a lot of trash in the water. He wants to fight this pollution and has decided to take action! What’s Dean’s solution? Dean wants to teach children how to keep their environment clean and why it is important to do so. He also wants to help them lead a healthy life, with proper nutrition and plenty of exercise. This is why he has started Kids CleanSUP, a project where he takes groups of kids (age 8-16) to clean up the waters of Schiedam and surroundings while SUPing. The children are taught the basics of SUPing and receive a course book about keeping the environment clean, proper nutrition and exercise. The children get a free trial lesson, Dean hopes that they will like it and come back. What’s the goal? The goal is to keep the water clean. He also wants to give the kids a fun and active day and teach them about food, exercise, and trash. How does Dean work? First Dean will make a flyer to inform people about Kids CleanSUP. He will also develop the lessons. The information should be fun and interesting to the children. He will organize the trial lessons himself and keep contact with the children afterwards so that they will sign up for more lessons. Who does Dean need?   Partners to sponsor SUPs and teaching materials Children to participate in the lessons KidsRights to help him execute Kids CleanSUP What does Dean need?   Flyers Food and drinks Enough SUPs
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