Bharti Singh Chauhan

Born To Be A leader

Bharti Singh Chauhan battled her way out of poverty and abuse independently at a very tender age. Today, as a renowned social activist, she works day and night for the betterment of women in the society.

This is the story of Bharti Singh Chauhan, a lady who is an inspiration to many girls and women across India. She is the one who had fought against all odds to change her destiny and is a role model to women, around. She is also the winner of "100 Women Achievers of India."

Bharti was born in a middle-class family in Jaipur. An incident pushed the family into a financial crisis, due to which mother was paralysed. When Bharti was in the 9th grade, her father instructed that he cannot afford her education due to major responsibilities of their home and his age. Bharti wanted to study, she did not lose her hope and started stitching falls on sarees and managed to complete her 10th. But with time, came responsibilities. She had to take care of her handicapped brother, ill mother, her father, and their expenses. Her father met an accident due to blurred vision and hence, lost his job. Now, she was stitching falls on sarees, taking tuitions, and also working part-time in a lingerie shop.

It was not easy, as her personal safety became a challenge. Men working with her tried to abuse her. She had to hear lot of comments from relatives that she moves out of the house to work at a lingerie shop, asking her to get married. But she had a clear vision for a better future. Paying no heed to all the negative words, she stood strong and continued her studies as a 'non-collegiate' and completed her graduation. She started her career from a small outsourced bank, later with print media - 'Rajasthan Patrika' and 'Dainik Bhaskar.' With time, her hard work paid off.

Currently, she is working with a leading telecom MNC. She always wished to support the kids who were facing issues in the society and hence started community work from her teenage. She started volunteering with various NGOs. In 2013, she started NGO named "PraveenLata Sansthan" by investing all her savings working at a grass-root level at various slums and communities for holistic development of child welfare and women empowerment. She has educated over 19,000 girls on personal safety through workshops. She has also educated 55,000 people on the importance of saving girls and educating them, preventing child marriages through road shows and nukkad nattaks, with the support of volunteers. She has helped more than 150 kids from various slums in their education, grooming, and development through her workshops.

She is also running a remedial education centre for girls who have faced various odds like discrimination, sexual abuse, etc. As a social activist and a professional, she has won many national and international awards for her contribution towards the society. She was the winner of ‘World of Difference Program’ by the Vodafone Foundation in 2012, for working with kids who live on the streets of Mumbai. She is known as an ambassador for the Vodafone Foundation. She is an ambassador for ‘International Girl Rising Campaign,’ which was launched by America's First Lady - Michelle Obama and is promoting girls’ education in Rajasthan. Recently, she has been recognized by Hon. President Shri Pranab Mukherjee & Smt. Maneka Gandhi for her contribution towards the society under the ‘Women Empowerment’ category and ‘Ministry of Women & Child Welfare Department’ - Government of India. She is the state chairperson of Women Economic Forum, All Ladies League (Rajasthan).

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