These are trying times here in India, and every little news snippet doesn't seem to hold any hope for our little girls today.
It's easy to sit back and say nothing, pretend these things don't happen, pretend it's normal that your little girl cannot go cycling out to the park on her own today. It's certainly easier to stop reading those articles and go about your day like nothing's going to change.
Make a change today. Stop every time you see someone treating a girl wrong, whether at home or outdoors. Stop every time you think something's not right. Stop to help if you see a girl in trouble.
Let's all get together to make sure every little girl in India can stand out in the sunshine on her own without an adult supervising her. Let's get together to make sure our girls are safe, Let's teach our boys to be gentlemen, to treat girls better.
It's a girl thing. Here's to safeguarding our future - Empowering our girls to stay safe, expressive and strong.
So, maybe not all of us have that international getaway pre-booked this summer. Maybe not all of us can attend those fancy summer camps or look forward to new experiences.
However, that certainly doesn't stop us from enjoying a good dance session.
What's stopping you from smiling today? If our children can get up and dance, so can you!
The Ashoka Tree is a Registered Charitable Trust that works with the underprivileged. We work with special schools, orphanages, play schools & hospitals - spreading smiles where there are none.