The Girl Pledge

Nearly 50 % of all sexual assaults, worldwide, are on girls under the age of 15 years. One out of every two girls in India becomes a child bride. Girls who are married young are more likely to face violence, abuse and exposure to Sexually Transmitted Diseases. And these are just some of the startling facts surrounding the Girl Child today.

Welcome to the Girl Pledge. Our first step in making this world a gender-equal space.

Is it enough to just Pledge?

The power of a pledge can never be under-estimated. Nations have transformed and revolutions have happened. And often, it all began with a simple pledge. Hand to heart and the collective commitment of millions of people has its own role in a huge socio-cultural revolution.

When millions of pledges convert into a lifetime of actions and attitudinal changes, the life of girl children all over the world will begin to change. Forever.

What am I pledging for?

In this campaign, I am pledging for the Right of every Girl Child to:

  • Be born into a world where boys and girls are equally valued
  • Live in a safe and secure environment without fear of abuse or violence
  • Go to school, study and be empowered to take decisions for herself
  • Marry only after the legal age of 18 years to a man who is atleast 21 years old so that she may live and develop to her fullest potential as the child that she truly is
  • Eat nourishing and nutritive foods taking care of not just her body, but her mind and her spirit too

H. H Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's message on Girl Pledge: English, Hindi


I Pledge

I Pledge that:

We Pledge

TOGETHER, PLEDGE TO PROTECT THE GIRL CHILD

When millions of pledges convert into a lifetime of actions and attitudinal changes, the life of girl children all over the world will begin to change. Forever

You can make your group pledge experience fun and exciting for your group by downloading some creative campaign material and getting original with your group pledge ideas!!!

LIST OF RESOURCES AVAILABLE IN CAMPAIGN DOWNLOADS
  1. 1.TheGirlPledge-Poster
  2. 2.TheGirlPledge-Manual
  3. 3.TheGirlPledge-At One Glance (Infograph)
  4. 4.TheGirlPledge-Reporting Form
  5. 5.TheGirlPledge Placard
  6. 6.Suggested Pledges for Adults, Youth, Boys & Girls

TO PLEDGE IN A GROUP, FOLLOW THE STEPS LISTED BELOW
  • 1. Form a Group
  • 2. Discussion on the Girl Child
  • 3. Take the Pledge holding the Placard
  • 4. Click a photograph
  • 5. Fill the Pledge Reporting Form
  • 6. Share on www.thegirlpledge.org
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TO PLEDGE IN A GROUP, FOLLOW THE STEPS LISTED BELOW
  • 1. Form a Group
  • 2. Discussion on the Girl Child
  • 3. Take the Pledge holding the Placard
  • 4. Click a photograph
  • 5. Fill the Pledge Reporting Form
  • 6. Share on www.thegirlpledge.org

Act Now

I have taken the Pledge. Now what?

Pledges impact both actions and attitude. Attitudes that bring honour and value to women and girls in the day-to-day life. And tangible actions that can directly impact vulnerable girls, everywhere.

So what is an 'Act For Change'?
  • Taking home tuitions for the girl child of your house-help
  • Sponsoring her books, school bags and tiffin boxes
  • Organizing fun-filled events for children living in slums
  • Starting a university lobby group against dowry and female feticide
  • Conducting discussions in slums and rural areas teaching girls and their mothers to eat right
  • Contributing to educating a girl child

Get original. Look around and begin to see opportunities to help girl-children in anyway possible. Through individual and group events in your homes, communities, schools, colleges and organisations, plan for inspiring actions that will touch the lives of girl children in a truly sustainable way.

Share your experiences with the world: Tell us your 'Act for Change' story and your story could inspire many more like you to lead their own'Acts for Change' initiatives.


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ABOUT THE ORGANIZATIONS

The Art Of Living

Founded in 1981 by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, The Art of Living is an educational and humanitarian movement engaged in stress-management and service initiatives. The organization operates globally in 152 countries and has touched the lives of over 370 million people. The organisation's programs are guided by Sri Sri's philosophy of peace: "Unless we have a stress-free mind and a violence-free society, we cannot achieve world peace. This movement has spread peace across communities through diverse humanitarian projects, including conflict resolution, child protection, disaster relief, sustainable rural development, empowerment of women, prisoner rehabilitation, education for all and environmental sustainability. For more details see: www.artofliving.org.

Volunteer for a Better India is an initiative of The Art of Living inspiring citizens of India to give 'One Hour to the Nation' and make community service a way of life.

Unicef

UNICEF has been working in India since 1949. The largest UN organisation in the country, UNICEF is fully committed to working with the Government of India to ensure that each child born in this vast and complex country gets the best start in life, thrives and develops to his or her full potential. The organisation uses quality research and data to understand issues, implements new and innovative interventions that address the situation of children, and works with partners to bring those innovations to fruitition.www.unicef.org

Contact

Would you like to volunteer, share your experiences or know more about us?

Contact:

Email: connect@thegirlpledge.org
Sanju: +91-9900109460
Jyoti: +91-9845310478
Niranjan: +91-9008326328

Address :

Projects Management Unit -The Art of Living
Art of Living International Campus
21st KM, Kanakapura Road
Bengaluru-560082,
Karnataka, India.
Ph: +91 080 32940807
Email: pmu@artofliving.org