A resident of the Mall block, Ruby studies in Class 12 at a city-based school and hails from a humble background. She helmed the prestigious position as part of an ‘International Day of the Girl Child’ initiative organised by the NGO Plan India, which strives to advance children’s rights and equality for girls. Every year on October 11, girls from Plan-supported communities take over positions of power and significance, demonstrating their potential to lead the way into the future and championing female voices to achieve gender equality under the global campaign ‘Girls Get Equal’. The campaign calls for increased investment in girl power, activism and leadership.
While introducing her to MA sociology students, Prof DR Sahu, head, department of sociology, compared Ruby to teenage environment activist Greta Thunberg. “Just as Greta is sensitising the world about the issue of climate change, Ruby is also sensitising girls in dozens of Lucknow villages to continue their school education,” said Prof Sahu, who also presented her with a memento.