The “Girl Stars” project is a series of films which documents stories of girls from the most disadvantaged communities across five northern states who, through attaining education, have managed to break the shackles of socio-economic constraints to make a success of their lives and become self sufficient.
These young women have grown to become role models in their communities, who inspire younger girls to go to school and continue their education.
They have selected professions from the most conventional such as teaching and nursing, to the most unconventional like archery, bee-keeping, scrap management, often entering what has traditionally been a man’s domain.
The selection of characters for the films is from ordinary rural settings which the masses can identify with. These short films will be used as a tool at different levels : to motivate parents to ensure that their daughters go to school and do not drop out, to enthuse girls to attend school, to generate a demand within the community for quality education . The films will also be used to influence policy and mobilise resources.
As part of the outreach strategy, a Girl Stars Roadshow was conceptualized to take the message of girls’ education and the story of the Girl Stars to the masses in those states where girls’ education indicators are lagging behind, particularly Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.
Three trucks were hired and colourfully done up to attract attention while at the same time, having audio-visual equipment, public address system etc., to disseminate key messages.
The 3 trucks were launched from New Delhi on 8th of May and will cover 180 villages during their month-long sojourn.