Ahmedabad, May 17 UNI | 2 months ago

The Delhi Daredevils team, UNICEF India and the Marriot Ahmedabad will work in partnership in an effort to empower, equip and enable adolescent girls in Gujarat.

As a part of the effort, they interacted with a group of adolescent girls yesterday.

This event was a part of the national 'Dare to Care' campaign, a joint initiative of UNICEF and the Delhi Daredevils that urges Indian citizens and a large support base of Delhi Daredevils, to actively advocate for the rights of adolescent girls, especially those who are excluded and marginalised, a statement from Unicef said.

The Delhi Daredevils have been supporting UNICEF India's advocacy efforts with a focus on sensitising the public on the important role girls can play in society and why education and protection can ensure that they can grow up and develop to their full potential.

According to the release, almost 20 million adolescent girls (14-17 years) are still out of school in India. Around 42 per cent of girls in India marry before the legal age of 18 years, and 56 per cent of adolescent girls are anaemic and vulnerable to poor maternal health.

'Dare to Care is an effort to help focus on issues related to empowering girls with education, which will further give them the courage to say no to an early marriage and the power to take decisions which directly impacts their lives,' the statement said.

(Posted on 17-05-2014)