Doors to Diplomacy Participants

Lakshmipat Singhania Academy Bissau (2019 CyberFair Project ID 8483)
India, Churu
Official Status: Final Project: Ready for Judging
Category: 1. Local Leaders

We estimate 10 student(s) from 11 to 16 will work on this entry.

Description of Our Community: Our school is situated approximately 10 km away from Churu district and close to Bissau, a very small town of Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan in India. Since our area is a part of the Thar Desert, so this dry land offers little possibility for agriculture & farming but it has a rich heritage of ancient ‘Havelies and Frescos’. That’s why the main occupation of people of Shekhawai region is business. The trend of settling down abroad in search of employment is also very prevalent amongst locals. Bissau presents a perfect blend of multi-cultural communities living together in harmony. The major two communities of this area are Hindus and Muslims. The lives of people are free from any kind of pomp and show of metropolitan cities. In terms of status of women, there is not much difference in both the communities. For generations women are strictly associated to household chores. Their contribution in the outside world is almost nil. Inspite of this rigid division of their roles, some brave women like Ms. Poonam Gupta (Social Worker and Business Women), Dr Lakshmi Sharma (Principal), Ms. Rehana Riyaz(Politician), Ms. Archana Bhardwaj (Administrative Officer) Mr. Rajendra Rathor (Politician) etc went against the wind and have acquired a significant position in the society.

Project Description: Gender equality and women empowerment are excessively talked about topics in the whole world and especially in Indian society. When it comes to Shekhawati region, we find this issue irrelevant, insignificant and a matter which is prohibited to be discussed upon and raised amongst common mass. Shekhawati for generations have been a patriarchal society and discrimination against women is part of this culture. In this fast pacing and progressive modern era too, expecting gender equality is a myth in our region where birth of baby girl is considered as bane and foeticide, abandoning girl child are very common practices. Girls here are deprived of their right to education. Consequently the data showing sex ratio of this region is very dismal and disheartening. Despite these odds, women of Shekhawati are exclusively known for their grit and determination. Inspiring stories of such women have been focused upon in our project to create awareness amongst people about gender equality. Our project highlights tribulations and troubles of women of this area and showcases the achievements of some successful women of Shekhawati region who have acclaimed national and international fame, all because of their outstanding talent and undying spirit to fight with oppressive rituals and traditions.

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