16 Year old Suma Tharu recently took part by singing a song that spoke of her struggle as a Kamlari at the Women in the World summit to mark the International Women’s Day in New York city. Inspiring figures to activists such as Angelina Jolie, Hillary Clinton and Meryl Streep made up of the audience at the Lincoln Center. Though the selling of daughters into indentured servitude is outlawed in Nepal, it is still common in poor, rural areas for families who desperately need the income. Suma suffered the same fate that thousands of other young girls are facing in Nepal, however thanks to Room to Read, Suma was rescued and now lives with her family and has access to education.
Suma shares her story through this powerful song and talks to ABC News’ JUJU CHANG on how life is after being rescued and what she hopes to do in the future.