Judging by recent headlines, India has a long way to go when it comes to standing up for the rights of women. But in the small Indian village of Piplantri, the news is quite different.
Over the past six years, the village — which has a population of 6,000 and is located in the northwestern state of Rajasthan — has planted more than a quarter of a million trees as the centerpiece of a community-wide effort to ensure a better life for girls born there.
According to the English-language Indian newspaper theHindu, 111 trees are planted whenever a girl is born in Piplantri. It’s more than a symbolic gesture. While planting a tree doesn’t automatically erase gender inequality or grant new rights to Indian women, Piplantri is trying to use the trees as a way to rally the community toward collective action.
When a girl is born, her…
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