Stories of Change


“The community members looked down on my mother and always told her that she needed to have a son. But my parents have been pillars of strength and support who have always taught me to work towards becoming a somebody so that one day we can together show the community what girls and women are capable of.”

Creating Positive Shifts
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“As someone who got married at a young age and as someone with very limited access to information about the potential harm of early marriage, the alternatives I may have in life besides marriage and as someone bound by the concept of an “ideal daughter,” I succumbed to societal expectations placed on girls.”

Defying the Ideal
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“Being able to run, play or even laugh was a far-fetched reality for girls here. However through the life-skills sessions that are being run in their village, not only are they learning about the ills of child marriage but also forming goals in life, playing, and speaking out for adolescent empowerment collectively.”

When Football Challenges Stereotypes
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“When I got married so early, there was no knowledge that to marry young had such dire consequences on the physical and physiological health. … But after this program came, and after I was a part of the girls group, and later on a group facilitator, and received numerous trainings on the effects that child marriage could have, I was better informed and could articulate the harms of early marriage to my community members.”

Together We Stand
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“As a group, they decided that they would use discussions at their homes to change the perceptions and fears about the center. The adolescents felt the center was the only place that they could meet friends and work through challenges. For these adolescents, being able to come to the center helped to grow their self‐confidence and speaking skills.”

Speaking Out for Change
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“A few years ago, before the project, the scenario was very different in my family. No one considered women to be a part of the family. We were looked on as mere objects. However, this changed very quickly when I became associated with the Tipping
Point project.”
Becoming an Empowered Influencer
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“Very often we think that the girl’s roles are limited to within the household, and we do not see much scope for them beyond that. However, when we realize the contributions a girl can make, and understand that marriage is not the only option for her in life, it becomes easy for us to support her on those dreams.”

Desire to Learn
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“Getting married closed all doors for me until I saw a vacancy call in the local paper about CARE Nepal’s project on reducing child marriage. “

Beyond Their Years: Child Grooms
in Nepal

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Vowing to End Child Marriage

“I was married at the age of 14. I did not know what it meant then. Nor did my parents know about child marriage.”

Nepal Girl Summit 2016
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“Organizing public and celebratory events highlighting girls’ abilities and rights and challenging traditional gender roles and norms are a key way in which social norms can be targeted.”

A Story of Positive Alternatives
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“I wanted to go cycling outside like the boys. When I shared this dream with my mother, she refused it. … After joining Tipping Point Project I have learned if anyone gossips behind me that does not affect me. Other’s judgement should not matter to me, I should prioritize my life and my wishes.”

Tipping Point: Change Starts With Myself by CARE
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“Unlike other priests, my message to my patrons is that marrying off their daughters before menstruation doesn’t bear any blessings; rather, it is the gravest sin since it is one of the reasons for increased maternal mortality”

A Purohit’s Campaign against Child Marriage
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“At the Fun Center, Shirin learned that an early and fixed marriage was not the best next step for her future. After convincing her mother to delay her marriage, the two of them together spoke to Shirin’s father and successfully convinced him to cancel the marriage and invest in his daughter’s future.”

Shirin’s Story
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“I had dropped out of school six months ago because the thirty minute walk to school was made unbearable by the constant teasing I experienced from young boys. Finally, one day, my friend Shirin came to my house to ask my mother if I could join her at the Fun Center. … When my mother heard that the Fun Center would not bring about more teasing – but would instead be a place for me to spend time with other girls who had dropped out of school unwillingly, she agreed to let me join.”

Taslima’s Story
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“Since I joined the Tipping Point project as a Group Facilitator, seven Muslim girls have joined the adolescent girls’ group and some parents in my neighborhood (Muslim Community) are sending their daughters to the group”

A Story of Positive Deviance
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