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Twinkle Khanna And Celebrities Raise Awareness On Girls Education With #WhyTheGap Campaign

BP World Bureau | Aug 22 2019 01:01:20 PM

Actress and author Twinkle Khanna announced #WhyTheGap campaign in association with the Save the Children India, NGO for children, to discuss the gender gap and discrimination against girls which cuts their access to education.

She took to Instagram to announce the campaign and that schools give girls the right start to life.

She shared an image of herself from school and wrote that education helped her become an independent woman and that over 2/5 of the female population in India don't get to complete schooling because of discrimination and lack of funds.

She nominated her husband Akshay Kumar, actress Sonam Kapoor and filmmaker Tahira Kashyap to carry forward the cycle.


Akshay Kumar shared a childhood image of himself and wrote that he got home cooked food every day but there are over 11,72,604 children in India who can't even afford a single meal per day. He nominated his 'Mission Mangal' co-stars Taapsee Pannu, Vidya Balan, Kirti Kulkarni, Sonakshi Sinha and Nithya Menen.

Taapsee wrote about her passion for sports and how parents had supported her throughout. She pointed out that most kids don't have that support system.

Tahira Kashyap wrote about the horrifying reality where girls are married off before the age of 18. India has a high rate of child marriages where girls below 18 years of age are married and it is rampant in states such as Rajasthan and Haryana.

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Thank you @twinklerkhanna for nominating me. Though I am rocking your school hairdo currently! And now I know how frido dido must have felt! And this picture - Well these were the days of looking like an ape in a pineapple costume and feeling like a princess! I pretty much was delusional! But as much as we all are obsessed with kings and queens, education taught me not just the difference between reality and fairy tales but empowered me to twist and turn and make my own ‘not so fairy’ tales. My short film #toffee was inspired by this really disturbing fact that 1 in 3 women in India are married before the age of 18. Let’s ask #WhyTheGap with @savethechildren_india to give every girl #TheRightStart I nominate @ayushmannk @diamirzaofficial @iamsonalibendre @nehadhupia to share their childhood memories and take this ahead

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Dia Mirza wrote that over 2 million children don't have a safe home and that she had the privilege of living under a roof all her childhood.

The legal age of girls to get married and to consent is 18. It was legal for men to have sex with their wives above 15 years of age until the supreme court ruled that sexual intercourse with girls below 18 years although marital rape is not recognised by the law.