By Digital Empowerment Foundation
Published on: July 24, 2023
By challenging stereotypes and empowering her community through essential services, Ataiya has become a beacon of hope for girls and a catalyst for progress.
Meet Ataiya, a remarkable woman resident of Bharatpur, who is breaking the barriers of patriarchy and gender-based stereotypes to become a beacon of change and women empowerment. As a coordinator of Smartpur centre, she not only runs a successful initiative but also inspires others to challenge gender-based biases and discrimination.
Ataiya’s dedicated journey has earned her the prestigious UNICEF award for U-report. U-Report is a platform that enables young people to voice their opinions on critical issues, ranging from education and employment to discrimination and child marriage. Ataiya’s involvement in U-Report reflects her belief in driving positive change and empowering her community. When asked about her journey, she said “By having a Smartpur centre in my area, I have set an example for the girls in my community showing that if they are determined to achieve their goals, then they can break out of societal pressure and stereotypes, and truly become leaders of tomorrow.”
Through her center, Ataiya provides essential services such as governance, finance, healthcare, and education. Fluent in Urdu, she uses the language to express her views on significant issues, including girl education and child marriage. Her participation in an event held in Hyderabad earned her immense appreciation and recognition for her impactful work.
Here is an interview of Ataiya where she expresses her challenges, struggles and success.