Betigiri is about change. It is change of social norms and practices that relate to the girl child. Betigiri is about creating a world where the girl child has equal respect and opportunity. Betigiri aims to promote conversations of conscience. Everywhere and with anyone. And through these conversations promote actions that arise from our conscience.
Wherever and whenever you find the opportunity have a conversation about our daughters and about Betigiri. And very much in the spirit of Gandhigiri, create change through peaceful, loving and caring communication. And in the same spirit of Gandhi, stand up wherever and whenever you see someone harassing, oppressing or violating a beti. That is the code of Betigiri.
Betigiri is happening all around us. This web-page aims to highlight all those stories, events and incidents that show how common people practice betigiri in their daily context, against all odds. Everyday people who highlight all the positive things that are happening in India – in its villages, households, streets, and neighborhoods. A mother-in-law who watches the child so that her daughter-in-law can play in the hockey team. A father in law who goes against the community and ensures that his son does not use sex-selective abortion and hi daughter in law can give birth to a girl child. A father who works hard to keep his daughter in school and ensure she gets a graduate degree. A school teacher who ensures that all the girl children in his village continue in school and do not get married early. A husband who pushes his wife to complete her education and does not compel her to get pregnant despite the family pressures. A stranger who raises a voice against the harassment of a young girl on the street.
What you will find on this Betigiri website are:
- Positive stories from real life that shows how people practice Betigiri in everyday life
- Stories of positive change from India and around the world
- Specific Betigiri short films and audio-visual clips that highlight these stories
- Betigiri in popular culture: Links to existing films, books, documentaries that promote conversations
- Reading materials that will help you have conversations
- Betigiri in Indian history, literature and culture
- How to engage in conversations (Methods of having a proper conversation)
- How to listen and ask questions
- Leadership manual and tips
- About social-behavior change and the principles of change