» 07/31/2012, 00.00
Asian Nobel goes to Indian activist who fights for women and girls
Kulandei Francis, founder and president of Integrated Village Development Project (Ivdp), wins the 2012 Magsaysay Award in the "community leadership” category . His fight against poverty and discrimination puts women at the center, helping to create micro-businesses to make them independent in their economic and social development. Fundamental commitment to stop feticide and female infanticide.
Mumbai (AsiaNews) - An Indian committed to defending and
promoting the rights of women and girls is one of the winners of the 2012Ramon
Magsaysay Award, better known as the "Nobel Prize of Asia". Kulandei
Francis, founder and president of Integrated
Village Development Project (IVDP), welcomed the news of the award
"with astonishment", stressing that "this award goes not to me as
an individual, but to my work and people who have made the IVDP a model of development
activist has won the award in the "community leadership" category. The ceremony will take place on August 31 in
66, comes from a family of humble origins. He
founded the IVDP in 1979, after graduating from Annamalai University
(Tamil Nadu). In
a short time the business has grown, becoming known around the state. The
IVDP forms support groups for women who are very poor or destitute, helping
them to create micro-businesses, bank deposits, and to know their rights so
they can maintain their families, even by themselves.
- the activist explains to AsiaNews -
is a crime that dehumanizes and empties the essence of each person. Having an
even more devastating effect on women, since 1989 we have decided to devote ourselves
exclusively to them. Enhancing a women
is the key to stability, confidence, dignity and development, not only of
family but the entire society and nation. Change is possible if you help women
to understand their strengths and their value ,
and that is how the IVDP has enabled thousands of women in Tamil Nadu to break
the chain of poverty, of which they were victims ". Currently,
the project supports more than 8 thousand groups in the districts of
and Dharmpuri (Tamil Nadu).
to Francis, "economic equality leads to social equality," and may be
the only way "to change the patriarchal mentality of this country",
which sees women subordinate to men. "Thanks
to our initiatives - he continues - women learn to become independent from a
financial point of view, and thus enjoy a status equal to that of men. In this perspective,
it can also help to eliminate the terrible practice of feticide and female infanticide. "
the future, the activist is convinced that "every social class should
support the education of girls, so that the community can be transformed.
Eradicating poverty is a social responsibility and not of the government alone.
Ordinary people must work together to make this change effective. "
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