Milaan - Girl Icon

Field Partner

The Milaan Girl Icon program provides a two-year leadership development scholarship to adolescent girls who have strong academic performance and a commitment to social change.

Location:
India
Partner Type:
Population served:
Girls who are committed to academic success and creating social change within their communities
Student selection criteria:
Merit and Need
Services provided:
Leadership development workshops, mentorship, financial support to complete a two year social change project
TSF student promotion rate:
TBD

Milaan - Girl Icon is raising money for 11 students' school expenses. 11 have have been fully funded so far.

  • Khushboo

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    Khushboo

    India

    A talkative and alert girl, at only the age of 9, Khushboo first experienced teasing by men in her community or 'eve-teasing.' Although Khushboo has been supported by her family in her efforts to fight back and mobilize other girls in her community, she is passionate about creating a more aware community in which girls feel safe. In addition to engaging frequently with her community, this extroverted 14-year-old practices karate. She is determined to fight for the rights of girls to safely walk the streets in India.

    School Year 2017

  • Aisha

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    Aisha

    India

    Aisha’s sheer determination to be educated made her the first girl, not just in her family but in her village, to go to school. An extraordinary feat considering that until the age of 10, she had never been allowed to go to school. Told by her father she could only attend school if she mobilized other girls, Aisha managed to convince 5 other girls to come to school with her. Despite never having been to school before, with hard work and dedication, she did well in academics and also participated in nukkad-nataks and drama, going on to become the President of the Child Cabinet. While visiting her family, during a break from school, she convinced 20 other girls from her community to enroll in school. All of them have now completed their class 8.

    School Year 2017

  • Sakshi

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    Sakshi

    India

    Sakshi has dreamed from age 9 of being a police officer after learning about India’s first female policewoman. Despite her parents support, she was unable to continue her education in the village due to financial constraints and her parents made the decision to send her to a government residential school for girls. Joining the school in class 6th, she topped her class. She has never looked back since. Performing well in academics, she also participates in every single school function doing street plays, dances, speeches, and has won multiple awards for her performances, going as far as being appreciated by the District Magistrate who is the highest ranking administrative officer in a district. She is also passionate about girls’ education and organizes events to stop gender discrimination.

    School Year 2017

  • Akshara

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    Akshara

    India

    As a celebrated 100 meters sprinter, representing Uttar Pradesh, India 13­ year ­old Akshara audaciously overcomes the challenge of being a female athlete in the male­-dominated field of sports in India. As an under 14 sports representative from U.P., Akshara stood 3rd in the North Zone Athletics competition. Her opponents were state representatives of Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Haryana, Uttarakhand and Rajasthan. However, she did not get any financial support from the government for these competitions. Her belief is that regardless of gender, every athlete representing the state or district should receive every form of support from the legal authorities. She has been actively involved in encouraging girls in her neighborhood to pick up and excel in sports that they enjoy. Alternatively, inspired by her father and a popular television series, Adalat, she wants to study law and become a judge so she can improve the state of justice in our society and propagate fairness by example.

    School Year 2017

  • Vandana

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    Vandana

    India

    Vandana is one of seven siblings, 4 sisters and 3 brothers, who live in a small house in a tiny village in Uttar Pradesh, India. Both of her elder sisters have never been to school, the eldest being married before the age of 18. She is the first girl in her family to stand up for her right to be educated. Told that her education would not benefit the family, Vandana chose to fight to go to school anyway. For a 16-year-old, Vandana is a highly opinionated girl. If you dig deep enough, she says, the root cause of any act of violence against girls and women, in her community, is the lack of education. Because of this girls are not aware of their human rights and do not know how to raise their voices when they face violence or discrimination. Sometimes she says they do not know they can even attempt such a thing. She feels that child marriage is the biggest issue faced by her community caused by a combination of illiteracy, poverty, and a discriminatory attitude towards girls. She recalls that when she wanted to do something to stop her own elder sister’s marriage before 18, her father locked her in a room and ordered her not to speak a word.

    School Year 2017

  • Khyati

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    Khyati

    India

    Khyati is one of six daughters, later disowned by their father for being girls. Blind by age 4 due to untreated encephalitis, Khyati later developed a great interest in acting,poetry, participating in several drama competitions, including inter-school ones. In a performance, she once gave Malala’s Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech in Malala’s voice with stunning accuracy. Gaining entrance into a top girls' school in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India; Khyati dreams of starting a Braille library and working as an advocate for the visually impaired.

    School Year 2016

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