Srotoshini Pradhan, Ritipurna Pradhan, Lipsa Bagha, Manisha Bagha 

Nominated By Youth Council For Development Alternatives (YCDA)

All 2020 Children’s Peace Prize Nominees

The girls of Palaspat Grampanchayat of Boudh district lived in a world where they believed menstruation was a curse. Some of them had no idea how a sanitary pad looked like. When YCDA started intervening in the area, a group of 4 adolescent girls approached its executives to educate the adolescent girls of the village on usage of sanitary pads. They formed a club and started the work of change. ‘Rajanigandha Adolescent club’ is formed of 30 adolescent girls and is a 6 months young group. The members are in the age group of 10 to 19 years. The group members have effectively stopped 3 child marriages through counselling the elders of the families and communities. Due to the girls’ actions, cases of child marriage have stopped in the village. In the future, the girls wish to create awareness in their neighbouring villages and aim at making their district and state child-marriage free.