Empowering Our Daughters

As we celebrate the International Day of the Girl Child (October 11), let’s strive to break gender stereotypes and give our girls the strength and confidence they deserve.

By Maya Thiagarajan

It is a lovely Saturday morning and Lakshmi’s house has come alive with the sound of her friends rehearsing for the play they are scheduled to perform at school the following week. Ten-year-old Lakshmi, who is directing the play, has organised the session to make sure everyone gets their lines right. Her mother sets a tray of juice and biscuits on the table, and then joins the other mothers to watch the kids.

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