So now all the lovely ladies, Business Chicks representatives and THP Australia team have arrived.
This brilliant opportunity ahead of me, commences with The Hunger Project India and Australia teams welcoming us all to amazing India and to further introduce the work done by the elected women representatives, some of whom we’ll have the privilege of meeting on our travels this coming week as we head to Naini Tal in the Himalayan foothills. It’s also lovely to have two representatives from the THP Swedish office joining us on this trip.
Firsthand, we will be able to witness the courage of the Elected Women Representatives as they bring about much needed change in their communities in spite of the daily obstacles that arise, and continued resistance from those who fear change.
This visit will be a milestone for us as we witness the work they do, and also for them as they understand that what they’re achieving is amazing and significant and worthy of us learning from them
India remains at number 103 out of 119 countries on the Global Hunger Index behind even Bangladesh and Nepal, yet is the third largest economy in the world following the USA and China.
The India Times yesterday was highlighting the reduction of child marriage and teen pregnancies in India, shaming the areas lagging behind and noting that much work was still to be done.
We sadly heard that infanticide is still practiced against baby girls and is considered acceptable by many. Child marriage and the rape of girls as young as three continues. If my blood could curdle, I think it just did.
The expression ‘milk is meant for boys’ crossed my radar and angered and surprised me today. Even grandmothers won’t nourish their granddaughters as it is so ingrained that the men and boys are worth more and come first in the family, community, and beyond. Yet, families don’t even let their animals sleep without food… Over half of all rural women in India are malnourished and anemic, and 39 crimes against women are committed every hour.
For someone who has grown up in middle class Australia in a family that had enough, and daughters had the same opportunities as sons, it’s a world I understand very little of.
As the horns continue to blast in the streets around me, I’m looking forward to learning from the experiences we’ll all have in the coming days and how for some, the tide is slowly turning.
In the past, I know that the lessons learned can inspire each of us to be a catalyst for change in our own personal and business lives.
Signing off… and eagerly awaiting my latest immersive experience despite, the 3.30 am wakeup call ahead.