Enabling marginalised adolescent girls to take charge of their futures
India is home to over 113 million adolescent girls. Only 30% of them graduate from Class 10. Almost 50% are married before the legal age of 18.
Deeply entrenched traditional expectations, fears, social norms and poverty exclude many girls in India from critical knowledge about health, safety and rights. Without relevant information, girls find themselves unable to make decisions, advocate for themselves, or take control of their own futures. These marginalized girls are more likely to perpetuate cycles of poverty and social inequality in their communities.
VOICE 4 Girls believes that given knowledge and agency, an adolescent girl can advocate for herself and her family, stay in school and delay marriage.
VOICE is a social enterprise that enables marginalized adolescent girls in India to re-imagine their identities, capabilities and futures. We conduct activity-based camps where girls acquire critical knowledge, spoken English and life skills while they grow in confidence and self efficacy. VOICE camps are run by trained college students who act as role models and mentor to the campers — students in government and low-cost private schools. Our goal is to reach enough girls in India to impact national level indicators — retention in school, child marriage and health.
Since 2011, VOICE camps have directly reached out to more than 14,000 campers in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Uttarakhand; and impacted almost 55,000 girls indirectly.
VOICE conducts pre and post camp assessments to evaluate levels of learning and empowerment indicators. Our quantitative and qualitative studies have shown that girls are more confident and invested in their education, futures and communities after camp.
VOICE was founded in Hyderabad, India in May 2011 and is registered as a trust under the Indian Trusts Act, 1882. Over the last three years, VOICE has built strong partnerships to reach campers. Our partners include Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV), Social Welfare and Tribal Welfare Residential Schools in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, Grey Matters Capital and the Uttaranchal Association of North America (UANA) among others.
For more information please visit us at: www.voice4girls.org