"The story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization, but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights." - Gloria Steinem
I'm contemplating these words as I look back at this photo taken on Corda's visit to Zakhira, home of some of the artisans we work with. Our lead artisan and friend were bringing gifts for Afsana (far left) who had recently given birth to her fourth child.
In the center is Raunak (in blue) who was visiting. We were very sad when she was arranged to be married by her parents and had to move to a whole different state to live with her new husband and take care of his family.
Peeking out next to her is Kushnama (in black) - the youngest. Unlike the others who were all married in their teenage years, "K" resisted her parents' opposition and completed her 12th year of schooling, learning how to read and write in Hindi and English. She is waiting to be admitted for her B.A. and continues to work with us to help support her parents and siblings.
Let these women's stories help us remember to not take for granted how far we've come, and Kushnama's resilience and determination inspire us to keep on fighting the good fight.