‘I am respected now’
Anika is one of the teachers from the Community Schools we support in Bangladesh for working children. She explained that as result of working on our projects for the last few years, she is increasingly independent, and doesn’t have to depend entirely on her husband anymore.
Before this time she had no decision or say in how their money was spent and her opinion had no value in the family. Now, she takes part in all family decisions about preparing festivals, how to spend money, family issues etc. The family now actively seek her opinion on various issues.
She lives in a rented house, and has always dreamt that one day she will be able to have her own land and house. Having this job has made her feel confident in the future and the fact that she now has a chance of fulfilling that dream.
We are a children’s NGO, but within this, one of our main priorities at Children on the Edge is to value individuals; this goes for everyone involved in what we do as well as each child. We’re glad to be able to empower these young women as part of our work, and grateful to have teachers that bring such joy to the lives of the children they work with.
This article is written as part of the marking of the 2015 International Women's Day. This year's theme, “Empowering Women - Empowering Humanity: Picture It!" envisions a world where each woman and girl can exercise her choices, such as participating in politics, getting an education, having an income, and living in societies free from violence and discrimination.
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