As per Breakthrough's research in 6 states, the young school going girl in India is THE most vulnerable to sexual harassment, particularly on her commute to school. This girl is in a sense voiceless because she does not have the confidence to stand up to perpetrators and is often targeted because of this inability to speak out. This harassment has far reaching ramifications as girls across the country are forced to drop out, are married early and have children at an age when they should be playing. This girl remains uneducated, is unable to understand her own rights and therefore often becomes a victim of domestic violence and exploitation. When she herself has to have a child, she prefers not having a girl because she knows how difficult it will be for her in the future.
Breakthrough, with an integrated fundraising campaign aims at raising awareness on the issue of sexual harassment on the journey to school, as well as invite people to #makeitsafer by donating and spreading the word.
Breakthrough will undertake a focused drive to make going to school safer for girls in 16 districts. There are as many as 300 different activities planned across 6 states that will help ensure a safer journey for girls. The onground activities are multi pronged and cover the whole range of stakeholders, from sensitising the police, to working with communities to ensure girl children go to school safely, to gender sensitisation programmes in school that make boys understand the challenges girls face, to ensuring better street lighting and transport, Breakthrough will aim to create a more supportive ecosystem for girls.