Delhi Daredevils Pitch for the Cause of Adolescent Girls in Hyderabad
© UNICEF India/2012/Ashutosh Sharma
In an effort to support the cause of young girls in Andhra Pradesh, members of the Delhi Daredevils team including Irfan Pathan interact with adolescent girls from the Children’s Home for Girls at the Directorate of WD&CD in Hyderabad today.
HYDERABAD, 9 May 2012: In an effort to support the cause of young girls in Andhra Pradesh, members of the Delhi Daredevils team interacted with adolescent girls from the Children’s Home for Girls at the Directorate of WD&CD in Hyderabad today.
Cricketers Irfan Pathan and Venugopal Rao, team coach Eric Simmons, GMR Sports Head (Marketing) Hemant Dua, Chief Advocacy & Communications UNICEF Caroline den Dulk and Director WD&CD Venkatesh Lu participated in the event, amongst others.
The team learnt about the life stories, challenges and aspirations of these girls residing at the Children’s Home and was impressed with their resilience and spirit despite all odds. The young girls in turn were delighted with the visit of the sport celebrities and articulated their experiences and questions unabashedly.
Speaking at the occasion, Irfan Pathan, Delhi Daredevils said: “I feel extremely lucky to be here today and am amazed with the stories of these young girls. This girl here, for example, has such fantastic determination in her eyes that I am sure she will fulfill her ambition of becoming a doctor someday. Education holds the key to empowering girls which will enable them to realize all their dreams.”
GMR Sports Head (Marketing) Hemant Dua commented: “It is a privilege to be a part of this “Dare to Care” campaign in support of the girls in this country. Delhi Daredevils is happy to lend its voice to ensure that these young girls get every opportunity to lead a better life.”
“The Delhi Daredevils have a huge and very loyal crowd of supporters. In partnering with the Daredevils we are looking forward to hearing millions of voices speaking out for girls in India. Girls who are educated, protected and empowered,” added Caroline den Dulk, Chief, Advocacy & Communications, UNICEF India.
At the end of the interaction, the cricketers and the young girls played a few overs of cricket, much to the delight of the onlookers.
Giving the vote of thanks, Director WD&CD Venkatesh Lu said: “Cricket is like a religion in this country. This initiative will go a long way in ending the discrimination against the girl child in the state and the nation.”
This effort was part of the national “Dare to Care” campaign – a joint initiative of UNICEF and the Delhi Daredevils – that urges Indian citizens and the large support base of Delhi Daredevils to get actively involved and demand for the rights of adolescent girls who are excluded and marginalized.
In line with the partnership, the Delhi Devils players sported blue ribbons as a symbol to the cause of Indian adolescent girls who face multiple challenges in growing up and need support for their education and protection.
Note for Editors:
1. Adolescence is a critically important age. It is during this second decade of life that inequities and poverty manifest starkly. Young people who are poor or marginalized are less likely to make the transition to secondary education during adolescence, and they are more likely to experience exploitation, abuse and violence such as domestic labour and child marriage – especially if they are girls.
2. The partnership between UNICEF and the Delhi Daredevils aims to support the efforts to protect millions of adolescent girls still facing obstacles in their lives by experiencing various forms of discrimination, exploitation and abuse on account of their age and their sex. ‘Dare to Care’ will focus on issues related to empowering girls with education which will further give them the courage to say no to an early marriage and also give their views on decisions which directly impacts their lives.
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