By Sandy Zimmerman
(Photos by “On the Road”)
“On the Road: Khushi’s Story”Posted by Women’s Voices Now on May 31, 2016
A film by Elizabeth Daube (India & USA/2015/6:40)
Khushi’s Prajapati’s father lost his money the family was in debt forced to move from their small village to Delhi. The change was frightening especially because the violence and rape were
Khushi learned about her new surroundings and adapted to a different way of life.
Facing the situation
Kushi fought to have a say in her own decisions and future.
Many Indian parents give their daughters away to be married at 12 or 13 years of age and the family receives a dowry for their permission.
Khushi didn’t want to be forced into marriage but it was difficult to fight the custom.
She had to do something quickly to make money to feed and shelter her family.
The film offers sub-titles.
The father discusses their situation
Khushi gave her check to her parents and even bought- generous- giving
These families close, live together.
Challenge not being forced to marry, earn money.
School for female cab drivers included martial arts protect themselves.
“On the Road: Khushi’s Story” explores the challenges that threatened to push Khushi Prajapati into lasting poverty and an unwanted, early marriage, and how a driving program helped her steer her life in a new direction. Set in Delhi, India, this short film highlights the impact of Azad Foundation’s, Women on Wheels program. With financial support from American Jewish World Service, Azad is able to train low-income women with limited education to become taxi drivers, helping them break into a profitable, traditionally all-male profession. Learn more.
About Elizabeth Daube
Elizabeth Daube is a writer, editor and documentary film producer. She creates videos, research publications and more at American Jewish World Service. In the U.S. and in the developing world, she’s worked as a journalist and with researchers and nonprofit programs, investigating diverse topics related to health, gender, violence and poverty. In 2013, Daube completed master’s degrees in public health and social work at Boston University. She served as a BU Program for Global Health Storytelling fellow in Kenya and with the USAID Global Health Fellows Program in Uganda, where she trained counselors and volunteers on sexual and intimate partner violence and ways to support survivors.
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