In India, Rajasthan ranks third in the prevalence of child marriage. This practice drives early childbearing, dropping out of school, sexual exploitation and domestic violence. Furthermore, the State also has the third highest adolescent fertility rate in the country. Besides the taboo & patriarchy persist in society, Illiteracy, unawareness, and un-employability is the major cause of this problem. In light of this, Manjari Foundation’s Udaan Project In partnership with CIFF (Children Investment Fund Foundation), IPE Global, The YP Foundation, is working on designing an intervention, using the Human-Centred Design approach, which will enable unmarried adolescents in Rajasthan to identify sexual and reproductive health issues, prevent risky behaviours, and seek services to improve their sexual and reproductive health
Improving the knowledge, attitudes & behavior of girls & community around sexual reproductive health issues is our major strategy. To implement the strategy, we collaborate with the Govt. Schools of block Bari and conduct different sessions with the adolescent girls and boys of standard 9th to 12th. We work to ensure that all adolescents and young people receive accurate information about their sexual and reproductive health and rights including gender, contraception, Conception, consent etc. We advocate for comprehensive sexuality education to enable girls and boys to develop the skills, knowledge, confidence, and ability to make free and informed decisions about relationships and sexuality and to challenge discriminatory attitudes and harmful gender norms.
We believes that it is crucial to challenge gender inequality and social norms which hinder fulfillment of the sexual and reproductive health and rights of children, adolescents and young people, and in particular of girls and young women. With games & activities like kabaddi & awareness programs, we encourage community especially girls to break the stereotype & open up & express on the issues related to gender taboo, patriarchy, sexual & reproductive health.
There are some visible impact of our intervention in these villages like Male counterparts, including boys, parents and PRI members also support girls in many ways like- in mobilization, preparing Kabaddi ground, arranging logistics etc.
Manjari Foundation focuses on improving employability of youth from rural areas and underprivileged section of society who don’t have access to modern facilities and resources. Our Youth Development Program therefore aims at identifying unemployed youths primarily from SHG families who are eager to earn better living but don’t know how to start! With the partnership with some renowned organizations and institutions, these young bloods get quality training and become self sufficient & self reliant.