Ishita Uppal, a 15-year-old brand ambassador for Haryana and founder of the Jagriti Mission Ishita Foundation (MIF), an NGO working against female foeticide and global warming, gave a lecture at the Government High School, Sector 32.
Speaking to students of classes VI to IX, Ishita highlighted the role of the youth in fighting female foeticide. She also informed the students about the alarming sex ratios of various states of India and helped them take a pledge to respect women. She also conducted a small quiz competition and awarded the winners with prizes.
On being asked why she targets schools and colleges the most under her campaign, she said, It is easier to create a plant than a tree. I believe that students are the most responsive audience these days. Moreover, students are the future of the country and can bring about a change in society.
Talking about the future of her campaign, Ishita spoke about her upcoming tours in Gujarat, Rajasthan, Punjab and Madhya Pradesh, all of which she has scheduled for after her Board Examinations. I have researched about the plight of women in Gujarat, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh and have found that these states have many districts with alarming sex ratios. I have approached the President of India to show him my plans of tours in these states, explained Ishita.
The response that we got from the government during the initial stage of the campaign is not the same any more. Nowadays, people show an interest initially, but back off when they see the Rs 1,100 membership form for our organisation, said Meena Kumari, President, MIF and mother of Ishita.