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Mission 18

Mission 18 Yrs

A celebration of adolescence and sheroes and other state responsive comprehensive prevention efforts, is providing girls and women with access to education, by ensuring their sexual and reproductive health and rights, as well as engaging men and boys in the promotion of gender equality. Girls themselves are part of the solution. They are a powerhouse of talent, creativity and potential. This year, POWER FOUNDATION has rolled out a NATIONAL adolescent girls-led program, “MISSION 18yrs,” to prevent child marriage.

POWER FOUNDATION is committed to creating a world where girls can live free of violence and achieve their full potential.

Violence against girls, in all its forms, is a grave human rights violation rooted in gender inequality. When an adolescent girl experiences violence, often perpetrated by those closest to her, she has limited choices and opportunities. Without redress, the effects of such violence will last throughout her lifetime and may extend to future generations.

Every day, 39,000 girls are married before they turn 18 and, if current trends continue, there will be 140 million child brides by 2020. Girls married young are more vulnerable to intimate partner violence and sexual abuse than those who marry later. They suffer complications during pregnancy and childbirth, with these complications being a leading cause of death in young women aged 15-19. This is a catastrophic loss of human potential.

POWER FOUNDATION is supporting data collection and country-driven efforts to address child marriage, especially of girls. MISSION 18yrs is an opportunity to step up collective action to break the cycle of violence against girls and women. Empowering girls today makes for a safer, healthier, more prosperous and sustainable tomorrow. We identify potential girls ,below the age of 18 years on the basis of the contribution/endeavour to question the faulty social norms and/or working for the betterment of the society in the areas of (acid survivors, education, sexual abuse, bonded labour, dowry, child marriage, triple talaaq, trafficking, sports, devadasi, alcoholism, prostitution, IDPs and slum dwellers).

The objective of this initiative is

To empower adolescent girls towards ending the cycle of violence
To delay the age of marriage until age 18 for women and 21 for men
To delay the first birth until the mother is 21 years old

These adolescent girls are the “AMBASSADORS OF SOCIAL CHANGE” who are supported financially to pursue education they need to fulfil their dreams and aspirations.