Fourth Wave Foundation

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Cradle to school

The issue of intentional killing of girl infants (zero to five years old) is one of the grave problems faced by pregnant women and mothers in remote regions of India and knows no caste, community, socio-economic barriers or religion. This form of discrimination, especially against girl children with disabilities and HIV, has been found to be influenced by culturally specific causes of preference of male child over female, belief that disability is a curse, and HIV is contagious.

Though the Government promotes various activities to tackle these taboos, there needs a focused and greater emphasis on the issue to bring about a change at multi stakeholder levels. The ‘Cradle to School’ intervention model of Fourth Wave Foundation strives to work alongside and build checks which help ensure good governance. By tracking the lack of access to education, to economic resources and to healthcare, is also our way of identifying the factors that lead to the murder of infant girls.

Our reach

North Karnataka:
Dharwad, Gadag, Haveri, Koppal, Raichur

Tamil Nadu:
Salem, Madurai, Trichy which account for practically 70 per cent of all female infanticide in the state

The geographic locations selected by FWF already have case studies and documentations which prove that ‘threat to life’ is the greatest issue concerning the girl child. Additionally these are regions where they practice female infanticide and which comprise of poor and illiterate women who have no immediate family members for support. By employing various methods of awareness creation, interaction, dialogues, participatory and regulatory processes, our program will focus on tracking, protecting, supporting and promoting the rights of the girl child here and beyond.

Focus areas

  • Work towards building support systems for women with girl child (0-5 years) especially having disabilities and HIV
  • Improve access to care and services at the nearest Primary Health Centres
  • Enable support systems to file complaints, avail effective and fast redressal machinery and receive assistance of efficient lawyers and social workers
  • Strengthen the capacity of target groups, local organizations working in the region on related issues
  • Collaborate with various community groups and form core teams to help translate the model where they take responsibilities and ensure enforcement and governance to sustain the efforts
  • Study, document and track the issues, the cultural practices that force women to make these choices
  • Address issues at various levels of decision makers within the government health and care sectors for women and child
  • Create support systems to help transform the communities into proactive and respectable areas that nurture and support the girl child especially with disabilities and HIV


  • Child Rights Commission
  • Janamukhi Swayam Seva Sanstha
  • Women and Child Dept
  • Narikuravar Welfare and Education Society NEWS

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