Payal Jangid, a teenage girl from Rajasthan received the Changemaker Award at the Goalkeepers Global Goals Awards in New York on Tuesday.
The girl was honoured by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for her campaign to end the child labour and child marriage in her Hinsla village, about 100 kms from Jaipur.
“We have a lot of problems in our village, especially girls are not allowed to go out and study and they are married off early,” she reportedly said.
“I was forced to get married,” Jangid said when her fight against the menace started at a young age.
She added that when her parents forced her for marriage she approached a social activist in the area who convinced her father against it.
“Payal Jangid received the Changemaker Award at tonight’s Goalkeepers Global Goals Awards. This award recognizes her campaign to end child labour and child marriage,” the Gates Foundation said in a tweet.
According to media reports, her campaigns include organising rallies, putting up posters and going door-to-door to convince families against child marriage and child labour.
She also said that she had and her team had to work hard to make the elders realise that they were prohibiting us from getting our education.
She has a dream of seeing every child in the world without education to be helped, and given a chance to excel.
Also, she was also elected as a leader of children’s parliament, comprising 50 kids from different villages.
This forum takes up the child issues to the village mayor to further resolve them.
Her father Pappuram Jangid claims her initiative has brought major improvement; almost all kids are going to school now.
He also said that due to her campaigns there hasn’t been a single child marriage in the village in the last decade.
Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi, another pioneer fighting for children’s rights, Wednesday congratulated Jangid for her achievement.