On January 24, on National Girl Child Day, a mural of Fatima Shaikh and Savitribai Phule was inaugurated in Govandi by Agriculture Minister Abdul Sattar. Also in attendance were MLA Abu Asim Azmi and MLA Rais Shaikh.
An ode to the legacy of the foremost pioneers of education in India, the mural is dedicated to the ideals and beliefs of Phule and Shaikh who helped many break free from the shackles of patriarchy and caste barriers. Their eminence in female empowerment and education is now well known among the masses.
Born on January 3, 1831, she was married off at 10. She joined the Teacher’s Training Institute in Pune and eventually opened a school for girls in Bhidewada, Pune, in 1848. For a detailed story, visit: The Indian Express
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