Features on Ginny & Ginny’s Planet
Somak Ghoshal from Live Mint writes:
“Initially, Siddiqui, whose expertise is in public health, and Verma, a disability activist and mental health professional, considered using their nearly two-decade-long experience in the social sector to train teachers and parents. But to achieve this effectively, they needed a tool, one that would, through nuanced messaging, make children understand the reality of living with difference and disability. They found their answer in a doll they named Ginny—a little girl made of cloth, with two plaits, thick glasses and a radial club hand” Read Full article: HERE
Tenzin Norzom from YourStory reports:
“Delhi-based entrepreneur couple Shweta Verma and Jamal Siddiqui have been working as social workers for nearly two decades. In 2019, the young parents decided to start Ginny’s Planet, a social enterprise, targeting a younger audience without leaving the parents and adults out of the conversation.” Read Full article: HERE
Ambareen Abdullah, from Lucknow, Gifted Ginny to her 5 years old niece
Ginny Doll is the new kid on the block of dolls. When i asked my 5 years niece who i introduced/gifted her to, she said-Ginny is my friend! She is kind, enthusiastic, and funny and can become anything she wants. Today, she is a queen as i am shared my crown with her.” Talking about her disability, she said, “Her bandage is super nice! I will take care of her at play.”
We sometimes underestimate compassion in our children. They do not see the difference. Adults show it to them.
Thank You Ginny Planet of finding a way to sustain it in childhood. Wish we had the chance too.
Bindiya R., from Gurgaon, Mother of Avnei, 4 years old
“In a world full of “perfect” barbie-like dolls, Ginny for us has been a wonderful alternative, that has helped us normalise the so-called physical flaws we are often made to fear and reject. When my four-year old first saw Ginny, she was instantly curious about her glasses, her radial club hand and why it was so? “How does Ginny eat food? Could Ginny color & paint like me? Why does she have 9 fingers when I have 10?” Her questions led us to engage in a conversation about disability and diversity – how there are people and children who may look different but are just the same. Im hopeful that such conversations would help her develop a positive attitude towards differences..”
Gunjan Ryder, from Noida, Mother of Rebecca A. Ryder (9 years old girl)
We bought the Ginny dolls for our daughter, her friends and family. The doll has been a source of pure delight and joy! All the children are very fond of their dolls and spend time playing with them! Equally if not more important, we shared the message of equality and empowerment!
Meenal Pawar, from Mumbai, Mother of a 7 years old boy
Ginny helps learn my 7 year old boy how to to respect girls & be loving & caring towards kids with special ability. I suggest all the parents who don’t have a girl child in the family to bring Ginny home & make their kids understand how to treat girls equally & respectfully.
Richa Sharma, M. Phil in psychiatric social work, Gifted Ginny doll to her my nephew Shivansh (10 years old)
I think Giny’s doll is an important play mate for little boys and girls. It has the potential to teach them so much about diversity, acceptance of differences and most importantly, being able to have fun and celebrate differences. It’s important to imbibe good values among children at a young age and the doll does just the job. I find her adorable as does my nephew of 10 years!
Ruchi Verma, from Delhi; Gifted Ginny to her niece
Ginny joins her friends in evening play and weekly tea parties. She makes slime with her and joins her commitment to make surroundings child friendly. Ginny is welcomed by her other dolls/ stuff toys who are happier to be part of a collective bringing kids together. She observed that Ginny has 9 fingers… but it did not matter to make her family.
Ruchika, from Noida, Mother of a 9 years old girl
Ginny is an exemplary doll that has made my child more aware about disabled kids. After playing with her, she was curious to know how Ginny manages normal tasks on a daily basis. I think this is a great initiative that can help more kids connect with children with disabilities.
Syed Mohd Yunus, from Delhi, Father of 3 girls
I’m a father of three girls and when I heard about Ginny doll, I wanted to see how my kids would react or relate to it. So I ordered one online. It’s a toy and kids play with it as and when they want but it started a very first conversation in my family about disability and diversity and inclusiveness. My six years old daughter Warda was quick to observe the design features like specs and brace and asked a lot of questions. 9-year-old Fatima read through the story of Ginny. This experience created a narrative that I shared with my colleagues and it further led to discussions on biases and prejudice we hold towards disabled people. I think Ginny is creating a space in this world where disability is accepted as diversity.
Vidya Rajesh Nair, from Mumbai, Mother of 10 & 15 years old boys
Even though my sons have grown up now I bought Ginny doll for them to share the message of inclusion she brings. I have always encouraged my Sons to play with all types of toys and avoid gender biases. When they were younger They have enjoyed playing with a wide variety of toys. I loved the concept of Ginny doll being a normal little girl with frailties anyone might have. I think the Ginny story books also help bring out the fact that she’s as curious and naughty as children of her age. My sons loved the doll, her story, and the concept of inclusion she brings. Looking forward to more Ginny Adventures!
Nayana’s Desk, Nayana Gifted Ginny to her nephews
Ginny is ready to dance as its autumn! Loved this doll! My dearest nephews love Ginny. Their mother Ronita wrote to say ‘Please tell your friend that Ginny has found a forever home in my monkey-land’. Ronita shared further, “My son gave her a makeover by tucking a pen/ ninja-sword on her back-straps.”