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National Girl Child Day

  • Category
    Polity & Governance
  • Published
    31st Jan, 2019

National Girl Child Day 2019, was celebrated on 24th of January all over the country.

Context

National Girl Child Day 2019, was celebrated on 24th of January all over the country.

About

National Girl Child Day

  • It is celebrated every year on January 24. First initiated in 2008 by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, the National Girl Child Day aims to promote awareness on a range of issues including education, health, and nutrition.
  • The theme of this year’s celebration was “Empowering Girls for a Brighter Tomorrow”.

Objectives

  • To increase awareness against the social stigma and discrimination faced by girl.
  • To generate awareness on the issue of declining Child Sex Ratio and create a positive environment around valuing the girl child.

More on News

  • National Girl Child day also marks the anniversary of ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ initiative.
  • Haryana was awarded for its good performance for the ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ initiative of the national government. Rajasthan was also included in the award for its improved performance.
  • A booklet on “Innovations under BBBP” was also released on the occasion. Ministry of Women & Child Development has compiled 38 Innovative Activities from Districts across the country to set an example for other Districts.
  • These interventions have been categorized according to five themes, which are Survival, Protection, Education, Participation and Valuing Girls.
  • Other measures like the Prohibition of Child Marriage Restraint Act 2006, Pre- Conception & Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques (PC&PNDT) Act 1994, Domestic Violence Act 2009, POCSO Act 2012, etc were introduced to stop various injustices against the girl child.
  • Only 65.46 % of the female were found to be literate as against 82.14% of male, as per the 2011 census.
  • The government, through schemes like 'Dhanalakshmi', has introduced various measures to strengthen the status of the girl child in the society.

                                                                    Dhanalakshmi

    Launched by the Women and Child Development, the scheme ensures that basic needs of the girl child such as immunization, birth registration and school maintenance are  taken care of till Class 8.

                                                                     Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao

    It was launched in 2015 to address the issue of declining Child Sex Ratio. It is a tri-ministerial effort of Ministries of Women and Child Development, Health & Family Welfare and  Human Resource Development.

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