WorldLink Communications Empowering girls in Siraha
Published on: 27 September, 2022
WorldLink Communications organized a two days awareness program in 3 batches in Shree Jansewa Secondary (Technical) School, Karjanha-11, Siraha, where 341 girls directly benefited. The contents of the program included Sanitation and Hygiene, Sexual Reproductive Health, Violence, and Gender-based Violence, Child marriage prevention, Mental Health, and Self-defense.
WorldLink is centering its CSR activities around four different Sustainable Development Goals starting this year. One of them is SDG Goal 5: Gender Equality. While designing projects based on the selected SDGs, Shree Jansewa Secondary (Technical) School, Karjanha-11, Siraha approached WorldLink CSR with their need for women empowerment programs amongst the senior school girls at their school.
While conducting a need assessment, the CSR team recognized Child marriage as one of the major problems in the area. Besides, the team also realized the need for improving sanitation practices among the girls, as they are the primary contributor to WASH management in the households. And one can only imagine the stress and mental breakdowns one could go through, and examining that, the team felt the need for young girls to understand mental health. Most young girls and women deprived of education and awareness do not understand the concept of mental health. Even if they are aware of their mental health issues, they do not openly discuss them or seek help. Many girls also tend to take household violence as usual activity and do not take action against it as it is regarded as normal. Considering these factors, the CSR team designed the “Women Empowerment through Education and Awareness” project intending to raise awareness and help build the confidence of young girls with the realization of the fact that education is the first step of empowerment.