Geeta

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Meet Geeta. Lucky to grow up in a middle-class home in India, she was allowed to attend school until 10th grade. When Geeta was 20, she married into a new Panchayat (village) and when she arrived, was shocked to see a large number of girls working and not in school. Child marriage was also very common, with many girls giving birth at a very young age. Determined to change this, Geeta decided to run for a position on the Panchayat Council for a seat reserved for women. The community where Geeta lived viewed women as home-makers, rather than changer-makers. So to run for the election Geeta had to go door to door and campaign – including talking to men who were not in her family (usually very taboo). Geeta won the election against 2 opponents by an incredible 1,500 seats! Geeta was then voted as the President of her village – an amazing feat as a woman given that the previous President had held that role for 20 years. During her time in office, Geeta has improved local construction, built a village-changing bridge, built a birthing suite with a nurse, eliminated child marriage in her community, and even plants a tree for every girl born— shining light and celebrating this occasion, rather than the previous focus on baby girl abortions. Breaking stereotypes for women in her community, she is a Strong Woman // Geeta has had many incredible successes— made possible with training, education, and support of The Hunger Project. If you'd like to find out more, or join in supporting their campaign to UNLEASH WOMEN like Geeta, head towww.unleashedwomen.org.au or @thehungerprojectau