CHITRANGADA SINGH REMINISCES HER SCHOOL DAYS WITH STUDENTS AND DISCUSSES THE STRUGGLE FACED BY WOMEN IN THE COUNTRY
Cast of ‘Inkaar’ visits Anuyog Vidyalaya in Khar (East), Mumbai to interact with students on theme of sexual harassment in the film and issues faced by women in different spheres across the country
Cast pledges to support the cause of the
Season 2 of the Support My School campaign was kicked off in August last year and pledges for the same will be raised through the Support My School Telethon, set to be held on 3rd Februrary, 2013
Mumbai, January 8th, 2013: Chitrangada Singh and other cast and crew of ‘Inkaar’ today visited the Anuyog Vidyalaya in Khar (East), Mumbai to meet and interact with students of the school, who welcomed the cast with self-made portraits of the lead actors. The visit drew attention to the various levels of struggles encountered by women in India, a theme which is highlighted in the movie. The cast answered questions around the theme of sexual harassment in the film and the challenges faced by women in various spheres of daily life across the country. This struggle crops up at the earliest age for girls in India, right from the lack of basic provisions of sanitation and drinking water in schools which force her to dropout at the incidence of puberty.
Cast and crew of the movie went on to pledge support for the
Actress Chitrangada Singh interacted with students on the challenges faced by women in the country, right from schooling to their work environment. “Everyday in this country, we hear instances of women degradation and segregation. The root cause for her struggle starts right at this very early age with lack of basic amenities which manage to create a wedge between boys and girls. This inequality has seeped into our national conscious, so much so that even within today’s work environment she is not free from it. “Inkaar” aims to bring out this struggle within the workplace. I am proud to see that initiatives such as Support My School have been instrumental in highlighting as well as addressing the same at the school level. I congratulate the entire team for their effort and success over the last 2 years”, she said.
Speaking at the event, Mr. Deepak Jolly, Vice President, Public affairs and Communication,
Bottomline Media Pvt. Ltd. was the organization which helped enable this visit. Tanaaz Bhatia, Managing Director and Founder, Bottomline Media Pvt. Ltd. said “We are happy to be part of such a good cause. It is important to encourage girl child to get an education to empower herself with necessary tools to take on life. With Support my school it gives every girl a chance to empower themselves with knowledge and prepare for the hurdles and tasks in real world.”
Coca-Cola joined hands with NDTV to launch Support My School in association with UN-Habitat, Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), Pearson Foundation and Tata Teleservices. It undertakes the following core activities:
Provision of improved access to water
Appropriate sanitation facility for girls and boys
Improvement in the overall infrastructure and environment
Provision for sports and recreation facilities and
Recharging groundwater through rainwater harvesting
Libraries and Teacher Training by Pearson Foundation
Computer Center by Tata Teleservices
With such necessary amenities in place, schools are able to provide a cleaner and healthier environment more conducive to learning.
Education in rural India suffers from several issues where lack of sanitation is a key reason for absenteeism and dropouts amongst students. This is especially noted in young girls who are forced to quit as they enter adolescence due to a lack of clean and functional toilets. Children are also likely to fall sick more often without clean water to drink or to wash hands. Support My School endeavours to eliminate this basic concern by spreading the initiative across the country with the help of campaign partners to execute the same.