Shabnam Jahan
Pillars of Change

Shabnam Jahan

Shabnam Jahan

An alumna of one of CARE India supported KGBVs from Mankapur, Uttar Pradesh, Shabnam battled against many odds to go to school. Despite her family’s strong reservations, Shabnam was always focused on getting educated. Currently, she is preparing for her Class 12 exams.

Shabnam is passionate about ensuring that other girls do not drop out of school and speaking up against the evils of child marriage and other age old beliefs. She also works with the community to ensure women are treated equally, and everyone has access to proper sanitation.

For her outstanding courage and determination, Shabnam was chosen as one of the ‘Women of the Year’ by Glamour Magazine in 2015, for which she was invited to New York to attend the felicitation ceremony.

“I want to pave the way for other girls. Any girl who wants to go to school should be able to” – Shabnam Jahan