New Delhi | Jagran Lifestyle Desk: In order to improve the condition of girls, the Indian government and Ministry of Women and Child Development took an initiated and introduced National  Girl Child Day. Every year on January 24, India observes National Girl Child Day and the main aim to celebrate this day is to create awareness about the rights of the girl child, the importance of girl education, the health of girl child and difficulties they face such as female infanticide, gender inequality, and physical abuse. 

National Girl Child Day: History:

In 2008, the Ministry of Women and Child Development initiated the National Girl Child Day. The main aim of the day is to spread awareness about the gender-based discrimination that girls face the society.

In order to improve the condition of girls, the Indian government has taken several steps over the years such as Save the Girl Child, Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, free or subsidised education for the girl children, reservations for women in colleges and universities.

Theme of National Girl Child Day 2022:

Though the theme for National Girl Day is yet to be announced, the theme for t Girl Child Day 2021 was ‘Digital Generation, Our Generation, and the theme of Girl’s Day in the year 2020 was ‘My voice, our common future.

Directives for National Girl Child Day:

-Celebrate the birth of a girl child in the family and community.

-Take pride in daughters and oppose the mentality of ‘Bojh’ and ‘Paraya Dhan’.

-Find ways to promote equality between boys and girls.

-Secure admission to & retention of girl child in schools.

-Engage men and boys to challenge gender stereotypes and roles.

-Educate and sensitize our sons to respect women and girls as equal members of society.

-Report any incident of gender determination test

-Strive to make the neighborhood safe & violence-free for women & girls.

-Oppose dowry and child marriage within the family and community.

-Advocate simple weddings.

-Support women’s right to own and inherit property.

-Encourage women to go out, pursue higher studies, work, do business, access public spaces freely etc.

-Mind his language and be sensitive to women and girls.

(Source: Ministry of Women and Child Development, GOI)

Posted By: Mallika Mehzabeen