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Jyoti Singh

Secretary & Project Head

India

I am 32 years old, born and brought up in Agra, Uttar Pradesh (India). I had completed my Masters in Social work (MSW) from the Institute of Social Sciences, Dr B.R Ambedkar University. Since my school days, I was much concerned about the girls’ education and empowerment; I have interacted with many girls who belong to the weaker sections of society. The significant ratio of girls from marginalised communities is deprived with education, even at the primary level. These girls are victims of poverty, gender discrimination in different phases of their lives. Such plights of such girls gave me motivation to firmly stand for their right to access education opportunity as equal to boys. During my graduation, I started volunteering with an NGO named “Indian Dreams Foundation.” I initiated girls’ education, health & hygiene awareness drives in two urban slums of Agra district. After spending my graduation years at the grassroots level and intervention with approx. 500 adolescents’ girls, I was much motivated and excited to see positive impacts on these girls’ lives. Most of the girls became aware of the importance of education and concerned about their health and well being. This grassroots level experience with cross sections of society was, an action call for me to choose social sector as my career. So, I completed my MSW ( Master in Social Work), and in 2007, I joined Indian Dreams Foundation, an NGO based in Agra for making differences in the lives of the girls. With the support of Indian Dreams Foundation, I am focusing on the girls’ issues and running many projects for girls’ education, health and empowerment.