When Women Lead: Manju’s Story

RAJASTHAN, INDIA — At 23, Manju Kumari is already a sarpanch, the elected head of her rural village. And she’s one of a rising number of women in India filling these political positions, ever since the government reserved a proportion of village leadership seats for women. But in the face of longstanding gender inequality and discrimination, can young women like Manju successfully claim their newfound power and create lasting social change?

That’s the goal of the training programs offered by The Hunger Project, an AJWS grantee. Follow Manju as she develops the leadership skills she needs to make a difference—and begins inspiring girls throughout her community to pursue new opportunities that once seemed impossible.

Videographer: Jonathan Torgovnik. Editor: Andrew Hida. Producer: Elizabeth Daube. Production Assistant: Jyotika Jain.

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