Rekha from India: Everyday A Girl #EDAG
By Manjima Misra
This is the story of Rekha Biswas for #EverydayAGirl, as shared by Manjima Misra via UN Online Volunteers.
This is Rekha Biswas, aged 48, who lives in Shantiniketan, West Bengal, India.
She is a handloom weaver who makes couches out of jute and bamboo. It is almost like a mini cottage industry, which is the main source of her income and she devotes maximum of her time to this work.
After her weaving work in the daytime is completed, she goes to fetch water and has to go through the daily hassles and fights to collect water as there is not sufficient availability of groundwater through pumping.
She works as a domestic servant to supplement her income in the evening. Her works involves washing utensils and sweeping the floor.
At the end of the day, she cooks for the family and finishes off with her household chores.
The story of Everyday a Girl, tagged #EDAG, is a glance into the lives of ordinary women through a series of poignant photo stories. These series of images will visually express the roles, challenges, activities and duties that females in diverse communities face in their daily lives.
SAFIGI Outreach Foundation Ltd, a volunteer-run NGO registered in Zambia, implemented EDAG in order to place a strong emphasis on positively redefining the role of females in our society. This campaign highlights that gender equality and equity, woman empowerment, and safety for the girls is key to the world’s socio-economic development.