News|March 9, 2011 7:44 pm

Ranbir Joined Save Girl Child Campaign

Ranbir Kapoor, youth icon, will now be a leader of Mijwan Welfare Society, an NGO in Azamgarh founded by the late Kaifi Azmi and now run by his daughter Shabana Azmi. Shabana Azmi confirmed the news, and stated,

“It was very sweet of Ranbir to come on board. Namrata Goel, the youth president of the NGO, invited him. He came and met us. When he realised that at Mijwan with just Rs 6000 a year, a girl child is given complete education and employment training and that he probably blows up twice the amount with his friends while at a movie or at dinner, he hopped aboard.”

“My mother would go to Prithvi Theatre when I was a baby with me strapped to her back as we couldn’t afford a maid.”

She adored Prithviraj Kapoor, who at that time had a kind of creche where I could play along with a few babies, looked after by a maid so our mothers could work in the theatre. He was that progressive! Ranbir’s parents Neetu and Rishi have remained close friends. Today, their son agreed to come on as youth leader in my NGO. Life has come full circle.”

Ranbir’s words touched her. The actress stated,

“He told me that he was grateful to his parents for treating Riddhima (his sister) and him equally.”

‘No. Actually… Riddhima has had an edge over me as our parents brought us up like that.’

He added that he wanted all the girls in India to have that edge to make up for all the years of being treated as secondary by their families. I loved him for saying that!”

“We need to give the girl child equal opportunity so she gets a level playing field. I am happy that Mijwan Welfare Society an NGO in Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh, is working to transform the lives of girls in rural India. I have been sensitized to women issues because of Mijwan.”

“As their youth leader, I realise that today’s girl child is tomorrow’s empowered woman. We must invest in our girl child give her equal opportunity, so that the power of youth, propelled by girls and boys together, makes India a shining example for the world. As Youth Leader of MWS, I think International Women’s Day is important because it celebrates the struggle of women to get their due. I’m for the empowerment of women because I believe that’s good for our society.”

Donate Rs 6000 a year and gift a girl child education for a year. We blow up several times that amount in a single evening! COME JOIN US.”