Payal Jangid – Winner of Goalkeepers Global Change Maker Award, 2019

From preventing her own marriage as a child to making the village child marriage free

On September 25, 2019 Payal Jangid became the recipient of Goalkeepers Global Goals Changemaker Award by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, at the young age of 17. The award was given to her for bringing about a change in her village by ending child marriage and ghunghat pratha ((women folk covering their face by veil).

Resident of Hinsla, a small village in Rajasthan, Payal’s fight started at the age of 11 when she decided to protest against her family marrying her off. Since then, the young girl didn’t stop till she managed to make her village child marriage free.

Payal, the second Bal Pradhan of the Bal Panchayat (Children’s Council) in 2013, got engaged in community work through our Bal Mitra Gram intervention in her village.

She, along with other children of the village, began her protests against the social evil of child marriage and Ghunghat Pratha (women folk covering their face by veil). Within a year everyone could see the conditions changing. Women as well as children started coming out and voicing their opinions. People started getting more aware of their rights and responsibilities. Eventually, Hinsla became a child marriage free village.

In 2013, Payal was chosen as the jury member for World’s children’s prize for her work towards the community. She was ecstatic. In Sweden she got the opportunity to meet other achievers like herself and got exposed to an environment that benefited her in many ways to continue on the path she had chosen for herself.

Payal has also been awarded the “Sawdhan India Samman”, an annual programme organized by Life Ok channel to award real life heroes who have helped create a safer society by fighting crime, in 2016 and “Young Achiever Award” by the global sports and the fitness brand Reebok in 2017.

As a Bal Pradhan, she undertook a lot of field activities to empower not only children but also women of her village. She carried out rallies and protests to engage various women’s groups and youth forums of her village. As a child rights advocate, she pleads for children to come together and raise their voices against any injustices done to them.