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Shaped by their own experiences, Rahenaz, Mubhashirin Naik and Zareen Sayed — are now charting a silent revolution on the streets of Mumbra. The three girls are trying to ensure that menstruation is no longer considered a taboo. Shattering misconceptions about menstrual cycles, these girls are pushing the envelope in a suburb where women have traditionally been relegated to a secondary role. Here is an inspiring story which was covered in Hindustan Times.
Miffed residents of Lallubhai Compound in Mankhurd conduct their own survey to highlight abysmal living conditions with the help of PUKAR. Please read their story of empowerment here (http://www.mumbaimirror.com/mumbai/civic/Our-slums-were-better-say-rehabilitated-families/articleshow/47239369.cms)
“We want people to identify themsleves as artistes and not beggers- says Nikita Tiwari, Barefoot Researchers at PUKAR. Please follow her research group’s story on train performers here. (http://epaper.indianexpress.com/c/5763497)
Young minds talk Mumbai: As part of annual youth fellowship programme, PUKAR saw over 65 young students participate in a project titled Barefoot Researchers for Better Communities that aims to contribute to a global debate about urbanisation and globalisation through community based participatory action research. Read more here (http://www.mid-day.com/articles/young-minds-talk-mumbai/16396155)
A team of Barefoot Researchers explored how language barriers affect students once they leave school for higher education. Many of the students they interviewed reported receiving prejudicial comments connecting their attire to their language competence. “Just because I wear a burqa, people have assumed that I come from an Urdu school, even though I have not,” said Bushra Girach, another group member. Here is detailed story covered by Scroll.in
“As a society, we have systematically shut down voices of the marginalised. When we talk of youth empowerment today, is it only related to those youngsters who have digital access. The others also need a platform to break this culture of silence. Their research is what gives them a sense of freedom and liberation”- says Program Facilitator at PUKAR. On the conetxt of Independence day, The Indian Express covered story of Barefoot Researcehers, please read full story here