A pre-university student in Ramapur,a village near Dharwad,has been selected to represent India at a United Nations child rights conference in Geneva,Switzerland.
Manjula Munavalli,who speaks only Kannada,will be accompanied by Afsana,a Gujarat representative,and a translator.
At a press conference in Bangalore Thursday,the student of RLS PU College said she was delighted to be invited to speak at the 66th conference of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child to be held on October 10.
Her speech will focus on the state of orphans in the country and the increase in sexual assaults on children.
Munavalli was honoured by the Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights Thursday.
She will be the first from her village to travel to foreign shores. The villagers are excited,they felicitated me, Munavalli said.
The daughter of farmers Mahantesh and Mahadevi started to participate in child rights activities through KIDS,an NGO that establishes children associations at the village level. She is now vice-president of Gubbachchi Makkala Maha Sangha,a union of more than 100 such associations.