Local women attend the gram sabha, or village assembly meeting, in Barrod village of Rajasthan’s Alwar district on 5 October 2012. The Barrod village assembly announced a special cash transfer scheme for the first-born girl in families, rewarding them with a bank deposit of Rs. 1100, to mature only after the girl turns 20. Nearly 5,000 men and women gathered to promote the rights of girls and education for all and to greet UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet during one of the last stops on her three-day visit to India from 3 to 5 October.
Photo credit: UN Women/Gaganjit Singh Chandok