20 year old Afsar hails from Cholapur in northern Uttar Pradesh. She has grown up in a community which places numerous constraints on the mobility and educational opportunities of girls. Despite this, her father, who is a taxi driver, decided to provide all his five children with quality education and equal opportunities. At the age of 10, with the support of Sahbhagi Shikshan Kendra (SSK), Afsar was selected for the Vidyagyan Scholarship of Rajiv Gandhi Foundation.
At the age of 17, Afsar joined SSK’s women’s empowerment program in Cholapur. It was then when she came to know about Kadam Badhate Chalo (KBC). Having struggled with the patriarchal realities of her own community, Afsar decided to work with KBC to challenge and transform the prevailing gender inequality in Cholapur. Equipped with knowledge about combatting violence against women and girls, Afsar is now supporting other girls in her community to fight against the violence that they face within their homes, streets, schools or colleges.
Afsar hasn’t been shy about approaching the opposite sex and educating them about issues of violence against women and girls (VAWG). The KBC Sports Leadership Workshops have been her ally, where she has brought together youth from her community to make them question gender stereotypes. With her firm belief in making change a part of her everyday life, Afsar says, “if not today than never.”