India, 14 years
Nominated by Shiv Shiksha Samiti Ranoli (SSSR)
Girls are often neglected at home and in schools, they also have the equal right to grow and become teachers, police and pilots in their life. In my society people marry their daughters at early age which blocks all the possibility of their future development.
Khushi, 14, comes from a small village in India where girls are expected to leave school straight after elementary school, for marriage and work. Faced with this situation herself, Khushi banded together with other girls to lobby their families, a children’s group, her school’s Child Parliament and the Village Level Child Protection Committee (VLCPC) to stay in school and avoid the marriages arranged for them. Many of the marriages were called off and the girls were allowed to continue their education. Khushi continues to campaign against child marriage, and about 100 girls have been able to stay in school because of her. She also campaigns against corporal punishment and is the president of her school’s Child Parliament.