Hailing from Rajasthan, 17-year-old Payal Jangid was on Wednesday conferred the Changemaker Award by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation at the Goalkeepers Global Goals Awards held in New York. Becoming the first Indian to win the award, Payal was recognized for her work towards the abolition of child marriage in her village, Hinsla, which is a child-friendly village (Bal Mitra Gram), and other neighboring villages. The Changemaker Award encourages and honors the achievements of young activists, campaigners, and innovators across the world for inspiring social change according to the Sustainable Development Goals by the United Nations. The award aims at achieving three objectives over the next 15 years – ending poverty, fighting inequality and injustice, and fixing climate change. Payal then served as the President of her village’s Children’s Parliament (Bal Panchayat), and conducted a number of field activities to empower women and children of her own village and villages nearby. She organized rallies and protests and worked with various women’s groups and youth forums of her village and surrounding villages.
Today, as a child rights advocate, she has been encouraging children to unite and raise their voices against any injustice they face. She has significantly contributed to her village administration, leading the children of the village to better lives. Payal also thanked her mentors, Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi and child rights activist Sumedha Kailash. Praising Payal on her achievement, Satyarthi said, “Thanks to people like Payal, change, and hope are knocking on our doors. The world needs to be prepared for this new generation of activists. Their activism, dedication, and bravery are already moving leaders to make changes and I know there is more to come.”For her extensive work, Payal had also been chosen as a member of the jury for the World’s Children’s Prize in 2013. In 2017, she also received the Young Achiever Award by Reebok.
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