Dare to Care
Committed to the social responsibility of empowering women through education and other such initiatives, GMR Sports Pvt Ltd which owns the Delhi Daredevils team has been working closely with the UNICEF to create awareness towards the cause.
Delhi Daredevils and UNICEF joined hands on March 20, 2012 and coined the initiative – ‘Dare to Care’ – with an aim to sensitise people on the important role girls can play in transforming our society and on why education and protection can ensure that they can grow up and develop to their full potential.
In India, almost 20 million adolescent girls (14- 17 years) are still out of school. Around 42 per cent of girls in India marry before the legal age of 18 years. 56 per cent of adolescent girls are anemic and vulnerable to poor maternal health. Through the ‘Dare to Care’ initiative, Delhi Daredevils and UNICEF would focus on empowering girls, which will further give them the courage to say no to an early marriage and the power to take decisions which directly impacts their lives.
While the Delhi Daredevils team has been sporting a blue ribbon in every game to promote the cause, a special event was held in Ahmedabad on May 16 in association with Hotel Marriot where a group of 11 young girls from some of the remotest tribal villages of Gujarat got an opportunity to interact with the cricketers about the issues which are affecting thousands of girls like them in their communities.
These adolescent girls who are part of the UNICEF child rights initiative, have been trained on child rights issues and have been doing exemplary work at the village level to fight against social issues such as child marriage, child labour, gender disparities, etc.
Delhi Daredevils CEO Mr. HemantDua said, “One of the biggest challenges we face is the public perception of value given to the girl child and adolescent girls. Given the traditional mind-sets on the issue of gender, women still have lower economic status, less livelihood opportunities and they have little say in their home. They are often seen as a liability. This needs to change, making sure girls will not be married before 18, they will be able to complete school, they will feel safe and respected, able to attain a healthy nutrition status and they will be protected from gender based violence.”
UNICEF India Representative Karin Hulshof says the motive behind this ‘Dare to Care’ initiative is to make sure that the adolescent girls in India remain in school. "Along with Delhi Daredevils, we are trying to spread awareness in protecting these girls and help them to grow towards a better future. Through Delhi Daredevils we are looking forward to hearing millions of voices speaking out for girls in India. Through the loyal supporters of Delhi Daredevils we look to transform India,” she says.
In the past, Delhi Daredevils partnered Delhi-based NGO Centre for Equality and Inclusion (CEQUIN) in its Make Delhi Safe for Women campaign. It included a series of television commercials making a point that only he who respects a woman is a true Daredevil.