We also made initial contacts with a number of artists in Mumbai and jointly decided on the theme of poverty and girls. In India, the opportunities girls have to develop are small. Many girls are taken out of school to work at home or are married off very young. There is a growing boom of attacks on young girls and in many areas this can still happen with impunity. At the same time, women are developing rapidly in India and setting up their own support systems, helping each other and girls to make their own choices. In the project, in addition to being honest about many abuses, we will focus on exceptional young women who are building a life for themselves against all odds.
In June 2022, our Indian partners, the actress and writer Vibhabvari Deshpande and director and writer Shrirang Godbole visited Amsterdam. We further developed the project and prepared our visit to India.
Our first visit to Mumbai is scheduled for August 2023, where we will hold discussions with artists and organizations involved in the welfare and education of girls. Possible partners include Maharshi Karve streeshikshan Sanstha (Maharishi Karve Women Education Society) and TISS (Tata Institute of Social Sciences). 10CHILDREN in Mumbai will take place in 2024.