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सोमवार, 13 मार्च 2017

In Tamil Nadu Village, One Woman Changes Lives with Healthcare, Education

In Tamil Nadu Village, One Woman Changes Lives with Healthcare, Education
There were few roads between the 40 villages governed by the panchayat. There was no health center. There weren't enough schools – so girls dropped out and married before eighteen.
That began to change in 2011 when a soft-spoken, mathematics graduate and former hospital administrator was elected panchayat president in a seat that was not then reserved for women. In the five years since, Tenmozhi (she uses one name) has had a Rs. 30 crore bridge built to link seven remote villages, a public health center sanctioned, battled early marriage and now hopes to build a secondary school so families allow girls to study instead of getting them married.