Shilpi Singh is an Indian women's rights activist .[1][2][3] She is known for contribution for rights and rehabilitation of Indian women in rural areas,[4] to prevent human trafficking,[5] child marriage in Bihar, India.[6][7][8][9]

Shilpi Singh
Born20 August 1984
OccupationHuman Rights Activist
Organization(s)Bhoomika Vihar, Katihar District, Bihar (India)
Known forSocial Activism

She is the director of Bhoomika Vihar,[10][11] a not-for-profit organisation.It was established in 1996 with the objective of empowering the marginalised, particularly women and girls at risk of forced or early marriage, with education and skill development, which would expand their socioeconomic opportunities.[12][13][14]

Social Work edit

She rescued around 275 women from trafficking in the Seemanchal region Bihar.[6][15] and provided support to domestic violence survivors,[16][17] she acknowledged domestic violence to have a straightforward connection with environment,climate change.[6][7][18][19] Singh participated in advocating for the opening of crisis centers where rescued women could get all assistance in one place that is free from discrimination and has government protection.[20] Through her organization, Bhoomika Vihar, Shilpi signed an MoU with the Canadian Embassy and NSS Bihar to create gender youth speakers to campaign for gender awareness and sensitivity.[21]

Durga Jattha edit

To encourage and have participation from local community girls and women, Shilpi initiated forming groups of vulnerable adolescent girls, which is called Durga Jattha. There are 20 girls in a group from the same Panchayat. The girls in the group conduct meetings on regular basis for discussion on vices in the community and they inform to the local government authorities for corrective actions. At present, 50 such groups are active in Araria and Katihar districts of Bihar.[22][23]

Under this structure of Community Driven and Girl Led Leadership, the group publishes their own handmade newspapers using herbal colours and food grains. The newspaper is shared with Panchayati Raj authorities/ Police and media personnel on regular interval. The group acts against early marriages of girls in rural areas, they also identify and motivate school dropout girls to take part in regular education system.[24][25][26][27]

Awards edit

She was selected as the women leader for 2022-2023 by American organization Vital Voices and Reliance Foundation.[28][29] Shilpi was selected as the Secret Superstar by Aamir Khan in his campaign for people who were engaged in social causes but remain unknown to the world.[30][31][1] She was selected by Embassy of the United States for International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), in 2015.[32][33]

References edit

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  2. ^ McClure, Tess; Dhillon, Amrit (28 June 2023). "Climate crisis linked to rising domestic violence in south Asia, study finds". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 10 November 2023.
  3. ^ "Patna diary". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 10 November 2023.
  4. ^ "Girl rescued from traffickers". Retrieved 28 December 2023.
  5. ^ Jha, Aditya Nath (14 May 2013). "Pregnant woman sold in Bihar for Rs. 11,000, rescued". No. Katihar. Hindustan Times. Retrieved 13 January 2024.
  6. ^ a b c "Climate change puts more women at risk for domestic violence". Washington Post. 3 January 2023. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 9 November 2023.
  7. ^ a b Patel, Anupama (10 July 2023). "Increasing Domestic Violence In India Due To Warming Climate Study Shows". Feminism in India. Retrieved 9 November 2023.
  8. ^ "One Night Bride". Retrieved 13 January 2024.
  9. ^ तिवारी, सीटू (13 April 2019). "शादी के बहाने बार-बार बेची जाती हैं यहां लड़कियां". No. Bihar. BBC Hindi. Retrieved 13 January 2024.
  10. ^ Vihar, Bhoomika. "The Stop Slavery Hero Award". Thomson Reuters Foundation. Retrieved 13 January 2024.
  11. ^ "Bhoomika Vihar". Retrieved 13 January 2024.
  12. ^ Foundation, Azim Premji. "Bhoomika Vihar". Retrieved 13 January 2024.
  13. ^ Vihar, Bhoomika. "Mission And Vision". Retrieved 13 January 2024.
  14. ^ Bihan, Bihar. "Shilpi Singh". DD Bihar Channel. Retrieved 13 January 2024.
  15. ^ Hasan, Waquar (13 September 2022). "Ground Report: Trafficking In Women Rife In Bihar's Seemanchal". Retrieved 9 November 2023.
  16. ^ Tewary, Amarnath (21 April 2017). "Betrayed by their own blood". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 7 October 2023.
  17. ^ Kumar, Roshan (11 December 2016). "Salute to girl power". No. Patna. The Telegraph. Retrieved 16 January 2024.
  18. ^ "Climate change leaving more women at risk of GBV, globally". Nation. 13 January 2023. Retrieved 9 November 2023.
  19. ^ "Rising Temperatures Linked to Surge in Domestic Violence Against Women, Study Reveals". Retrieved 9 November 2023.
  20. ^ "One-stop aid for women in PMCH". Retrieved 9 November 2023.
  21. ^ "Gender-sensitivity battle, via play". Retrieved 9 November 2023.
  22. ^ "'स्वाहा' के समवेत स्वर में कुरीतियों का दहन कर रहीं बेटियां, दुर्गा जत्था ने बदली कई जिंदगी - Daughters burning evils in the chorus of Swaha Durga Jattha changed the lives of many Jagran Special". Jagran (in Hindi). Retrieved 8 October 2023.
  23. ^ Singh, Apoorva (14 April 2023). "लड़कियों के लिए मिशाल हैं बिहार की शिल्पी, 200 से ज्यादा को देह व्यापार से निकला, 1800 की रुकवाई शादी". Aaj Tak. Retrieved 4 October 2023.
  24. ^ "Once Trafficked as 'Brides', Now Excluded: In Bihar's Araria, a Second Chance Eludes Survivors". The Wire. Retrieved 7 October 2023.
  25. ^ आलम, शमशाद. "जज्बा: 20 साल से लड़कियों के हक के लिए संघर्ष कर रहीं शिल्पी, 1050 को स्कूल भेजा 1890 नाबालिग की शादी रुकवाई, 240 को जिस्मफरोशी के धंधे से निकाला". Social Work. No. Katihar. Dainik Bhaskar. Retrieved 11 October 2023.
  26. ^ सिन्हा, संजय. "शादी के नाम पर बेची गई 1900 लड़कियों को बचाया:दुर्गा जत्था बनाकर रोके बाल विवाह, आमिर खान की सीक्रेट सुपरस्टार रही". Social Work. No. New Delhi. Dainik Bhaskar. Retrieved 11 October 2023.
  27. ^ Sahay, Abhinav (21 October 2020). "Seemanchal girls seek pledge from candidates to stop fake marriages for votes". No. Patna. Hindustan Times. Retrieved 16 January 2024.
  28. ^ "Katihar's daughter Shilpi Singh included among 50 women leaders of the country". Hindustan (in Hindi). Retrieved 28 December 2023.
  29. ^ "American organization Vital Voices and Reliance Foundation elected Bihar's daughter Shilpi Singh as Woman Leader for 2022-23 - Latest Bihar News| Current News of Bihar Pipa News - PiPa News". 14 December 2022. Retrieved 9 November 2023.
  30. ^ "NGO director's 'secret call' with Aamir". Retrieved 9 November 2023.
  31. ^ "Aamir Khan Finds A Secret Superstar In Shilpi Singh |". Retrieved 9 November 2023.
  32. ^ Rawal, Urvashi Dev. "How Shilpi Singh is taking on human traffickers and rescuing women in Bihar's badlands". Retrieved 8 October 2023.
  33. ^ Chakraborty, Shuchismita (14 July 2015). "Gender violence tips on US trip". The Telegraph Online. Retrieved 13 January 2024.