Championing Sports and Girl Power!

Anitha, at work, in the fields

Gugulothu Anitha studying in Intermediate 1st Year in the RDF VAPV Junior College is an inspiration to everyone. She belongs to a poor Scheduled Tribes family, the youngest of 3 daughters. Her father was hoping for a boy when she was born and decided to bring her up like a boy. So while traditiona; families such as hers, girls look after household chores and boys help in the field, Anitha has been helping her father in farm work since she was young.

Anitha (5th from L), after winning a tug-of-war championship

However, Anitha is working hard at changing her father’s mindset to show him that girls and boys can do the same work. In Class 10, she started to show an active interest in Tug-of-War and sports such as netball, cricket, mini gold and Wushu. She diligently practiced before and after school, winning 3 medals in National level competitions. The Physical Education Teacher encouraged her interest, which further inspired her.

At a track & field sports meet

She wants to become a National coach and prove that girls are not inferior to boys in any field. It is heartwarming to see her speaking to her father  and showing him, through her accomplishments, to banish his belief that he would have been better off with a son rather than a daughter! We are proud of this empowered and self expressed 16 year old, who has become a role model for many rural girls.

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