Jaipur is the capital of the state of Rajasthan, which lies in the north of India. Around 3.5 million people live in this city, which is also called the ‘Pink City’ because of the many pink buildings. Jaipur, together with New Delhi and Agra, is part of the tourist Golden Triangle. The city's economy is based on information technology and handicrafts.
However, due to the rapid economic growth, Jaipur's infrastructure cannot keep up and many people have to live in slums. Children are particularly vulnerable due to the harsh living conditions in the slums and the prevailing gender inequality.
Since 1976, SOS Children’s Villages has been supporting children, young people and families and advocating for their rights in Jaipur.
Gender inequality is a major issue in Rajasthan, the state where Jaipur is located. To illustrate, in the state, 41% of girls were forced into marriage before the age of 18. This has already decreased from 76% in the past.
Child marriage is a violation of the universal declaration of human rights, and the emotional damage a child experiences from a forced marriage is profound.
Furthermore, literacy rates in Rajasthan speak for themselves: the literacy rate for men is 88%, while the literacy rate for women is 64%.This could be due to the girls having to drop out of school for various reasons. Offering equal opportunities to children needs to become a priority.
In Rajasthan, around ten million people live below the poverty line. Jaipur is a fast-growing city, but it does not have the necessary infrastructure to keep up with the rapid development.
Often people move to Jaipur in search of a better life and job opportunities, but 22% of the city’s population ends up in one of the slums in the city. In these slums, there is a lack of affordable housing, adequate sanitation and safe drinking water. An estimated 688,000 people in the city live in slums. Children are particularly vulnerable due to the poverty prevailing in these slums, as they have no access to medical care and education.