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09.03.2018

The rise of a girl hero

In her home district in far-western Nepal, 19-year-old Sangita BK has – on her own – stopped at least a dozen child marriages.

Sangita BK is a fierce activist who empowers girls and teaches them to stand up for their human rights. © UNFPA Nepal/Dhana Bahadur Lamsal

KATHMANDU, Nepal – In her home district in far-western Nepal, 19-year-old Sangita BK needs no introduction. She is well-known as an activist against child marriage. In the last three years, she has – on her own – stopped at least a dozen child marriages. 

During the same period, she formed nine adolescent girl support groups, with a total of 197 active members. She leads one of these groups herself, the Pariwartan Adolescent Girls’ Circle, teaching 28 girls to stand up for their human rights.

And now, she is advocating at an even higher level: She recently convinced the local government authority to allocate a budget to help continue these girls’ empowerment activities.

Today is International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate activists who are working around the world to empower women and press for progress.

Sangita is one of these incredible women.

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