Empowerment of Girl Child

When is National Girl Child Day celebrated in India?

1. India observes National Girl Child Day on 24th January every year.

2. This celebration was initiated in 2008 by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India.

3. This day is important because it is symbolic regarding everything related to a girl.

What are the objectives?

1.        To increase awareness on the importance of girl education, health and nutrition.

2.        To promote awareness about the rights of a girl child.

3.        To highlight the inequalities faced by girls in the country.

Which are the issues faced by girl child and women in the country?

Disparity about girl child is an immense issue, which incorporates imbalance in education, nourishment, lawful rights, restorative care, security, respect, girl child marriage, historical baggage of patriarchy etc.

How the government measures empower women and girl child?

Every government flagship scheme has given stress on the girl child, women empowerment, and good education for girls going to schools and colleges.

1.        Schemes such as Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, Sukanya Samridhdhi Yojana have been implemented.

2.        Dhanalakshmi scheme ensures that the basic needs of the girl child such as immunization, birth registration and school maintenance are taken care of till Class 8.

3.        Introduction of SHGs to ensure a better livelihood for girls in rural areas.

4.        Representation of women in Jan Dhan account

5.        Conditional cash transfers to pregnant and lactating mothers for better nutrition.

6.        National Nutrition Mission was launched and Pan India Expansion of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP) was done covering all 640 districts of the country at Jhunjhunu in Rajasthan.

Where is the impact being seen?

1.        An all-woman Assam Rifles contingent created history this year by participating for the first time in the Republic Day parade displaying the theme of Nari Shakti.

2.        Two women members are presently seen in Cabinet Committee on Security. Minister of Defence and Minister of External Affairs are women.

3.        Women are bringing laurels for the country in sports as well.

4.        CAPF, navy, armed forces and other combat units are also recruiting women defying the concept of women being nutritionally weak.

With continuous and persistent efforts, the attitude of the society towards the girl child will show a change for the better.