Beyond Novella… memoirs of change

Balika Shivirs significantly affected the core of Society in the desert of Thar. Since its initiation in late nineties, girls have grown-up with a better understanding of themselves, Society and the challenges ahead. Today– is different – Their eyes have learn to recognize the inequalities of existence. Their speech lacks no courage to tell the world, close and afar- they are bringing in a change. Thousands of young women, in this desert, are opinion leaders, influencing a greater social movement for a far-reaching change.  Sometimes they meet, they smile, play and sing along…

Promo video for Beyond Novella, memoirs of change, narrating the stories of change in the desert of Thar, Rajasthan, it documents the stories of eleven change maker girls who have been bringing change in their respective communities. The book documents Balika Shivirs, a revolutionary educational movement in western Rajasthan between 1995-2010.


Shedding light on a successful social campaign

A new book documenting an educational movement for girls in north-western Rajasthan through “Balika Shikshan Shivirs” was released here to mark the extension of the global “Girls not brides” campaign. Experts called for renewed efforts to educate young girls instead of marrying them off at a young age.

Titled “Beyond Novella: Memoirs of Change”, the 90-page book throws light on the campaign through which thousands of girls were educated in six-month-long fully residential educational camps since 1995.

The book was released by Rajasthan State Commission for Protection of Child Rights Chairperson Deepak Kalra and Harideo Joshi University of Journalism & Mass Communication Vice-Chancellor Sunny Sebastian. Authored by Deepika Nayyar, the book has sketches and illustrations drawn by the girls. .

The Hindu

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