The National Girl Child Day is celebrated on January 24 across India. It was started in 2008 by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, aiming at creating awareness on a range of issues including education, health, and nutrition.
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National girl child day is celebrated each year on 24th January. This celebration started to offer more support and new opportunities to the girls in the nation. It is celebrated to create awareness amongst general public about the difficulties faced by a girl child.
Differences faced by a girl child is a big issue that considers problems like imbalance in upbringing, caring, rights, health, protection, respect, child marriage and so on. National girl child day has been begun as a national young ladies improvement mission by the Government of India.
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Various events are organized across the nation to celebrate the girl child day, to promote girls position in the society. Government of India is organizing a big campaign to increase people’s mindfulness towards girl children in the Indian society.
With this campaign, the Indian Government is highlighting the inequalities faced by girls in the Indian society. On this day, various advertisements are published by the government on TV channels, local newspapers, and radio stations and so on with a message of ‘Save the Girl Child’. Non Government Organizations NGO, too come together to take part in the celebration to fight against the social issues faced by a girl child.
> It is celebrated to increase the awareness amongst citizens and offer new opportunities to a girl child across India.
> To eradicate all the inequalities faced by the girl children in India.
> To make sure that every girl child is getting due respect and value in the Indian society.
> To ensure that girls are not deprived of human rights across the country.
> To work on and improve the child sex ratio across India by changing the people’s mind about the importance of a girl child.
> To educate couples’ towards the importance of having a girl child and the role of girl child in the country.
> To resolve the issues faced by girls associated to with health, respect, education, nutrition and etc.
> To educate public about the gender equality in the country.
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Government of India is taking many steps by coming up with various schemes to make the girl child status better. Some of them are:
> Fetus sex determination during pregnancy by healthcare providers is banned by the government.
> Child marriage is criminalized. Legal age for girls to marry is 18 years.
> “Save the Girl Child” scheme has been initiated by the government to create awareness of importance of a girl child.
> Free and compulsory education is provided to the girl children across Indian up to the age of 14 years.
> To keep the interest of girl children, the government of India has reserved 1/3 seats in the local government for women.
> Anti-MTP, anti-sati laws, anti-dowry Acts have been enacted by the legislature to enhance the women’s status and employment opportunities..
> Girls coming from SC and ST families are issued free uniforms, afternoon meals and education to encourage them to come to schools.
> Balwadis, the pre-primary schools, have been started for caring the girl babies and attend the primary school.
> “Operation Blackboard” and other programmes have been initiated for the teacher’s education to make the school services advance.
> The Open Learning System has been established for easiness to the girls coming from SC and ST families.
> It is mandated for all the schools and colleges to provide equal opportunities for girls and boys, and same treatment as that of boys.
> Self-Help Groups SHG, has been started by the government with an intention of making the livelihood of rural girls better.
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