A woman listens to UN Women Executive Director at the gram sabha, or village assembly meeting, in Barrod village of Rajasthan’s Alwar district on 5 October 2012

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    A woman listens to UN Women Executive Director at 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.

    Photo credit: UN Women/Gaganjit Singh Chandok

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