National Girl Child Day is being celebrated today across the country to highlight and create awareness about the rights of girl child and to provide them with new opportunities.
Ministry of Women and Child Development will be observing National Girl Child week from January 24 to January 30. Various competitions such as poster making, slogan writing, street play will be organized in various schools and universities across the country.
The National Girl Child Day which was first celebrated in 2008 has been used effectively as a tool to educate the mass about the inequalities faced by the girl child in India and promotes their welfare in various aspects.
History of National Girl Child Day
National Girl Child Day is celebrated every year on January 24 in India. It was initiated in 2008 by the Ministry of Women and Child Development and the Government of India. In 2019, its theme was “Empowering Girls for a Brighter Tomorrow”.
Significance of National Girl Child Day
The Government of India has started National Girl Child Day to bring equality in society as a campaign. This campaign aims to make people aware of girls across the country. Also, its objective is to tell people that women have an equal contribution to building society. People from all walks of life are included and made aware that girls should also have the right to make decisions.
• There are three major objectives to celebrate National Girl Child Day. First – to raise awareness about the rights of girls.
• Second, to talk about various atrocities and inequalities that girls face in their daily lives.
• Third, to increase awareness about the importance of girl education, nutrition, and health.
Why to celebrate National Girl Child Day
National Girl Child Day is celebrated to improve the condition of girls in society. Women have to face several types of discrimination at their homes, workplaces and in daily lives. Even now, women face gender discrimination in many ways not only in the village but also in the cities. There are several programs and campaigns are organized across the country to create awareness about the conditions of the girls.