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Girl Child Day - Shanmugam IAS academy in coimbatore
Girl Child Day


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National Girl Child is being celebrated on January 24th of every year.

Key data’s:

  • Since: The day is being celebrated annually since 2008.
  • Organized by: The events which is organized in this day by the Ministry of Women and Child Development and the Government of India.
  • Objective: The day is being celebrated to spread the awareness regard the following;
    • about the inequalities faced by the girl child in our country
    • about the rights available for the girl child in our country
    • about the importance of girl education
    • about the importance of health and nutrition of the girl child
  • Celebration: The day is celebrated by organizing various programs including awareness campaigns on Save the girl child, child sex ratios, and creating a healthy and safe environment for a girl child.
  • Madhya Pradesh: Madhya Pradesh will celebrate the National Girl Child Day under the scheme Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao.
  • Theme: Following were the theme of this day;
    • Theme 2020: “Aware girl child-able Madhya Pradesh”.
    • Theme 2019: “Empowering Girls for a Brighter Tomorrow”.
  • Initiatives by the Government: Following are the initiatives taken by the Government to promote the objectives of this day;
    • The determination of sex in clinics during pregnancy has been blocked by the government.
    • Child marriages of the girls are restricted now.
    • To save a girl child a scheme namely “Save the Girl Child” has been introduced by the government.
    • Free and compulsory education for both boys and girls till 14 years of age has improved the education of girl child.
    • To fight with malnutrition, high illiteracy, poverty and infant mortality in the society, antenatal care has been made necessary for all pregnant women.
    • Many Laws are made by the Government like Anti-Sati, Anti-MTP to make women get employment and status to the Women.
    • On this day, the state government will also examine the health of girls and will generate awareness about the rights of girls and daughters.
  • National Girl Child Week: The week is celebrated from January 24 to January 30 of 2020.
  • Events planned in this week: Many important programmes were planned to celebrated in this week;
    • “Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao” signature campaign
    • Plantation and name plate drive in the names of daughters
    • Awareness campaign on women’s rights
    • Mass oaths for girl child protection

Data to know:

  • International Girl Child Day: The day is being celebrated annually on October 11, since 2012 which was approved by UN.
  • Renuka Chowdhury: The Minister for Women and Child Development, Renuka Chowdhury released a calendar, at the launching of new initiatives for the welfare of Girl Child and logo for National Girl Child Day, in New Delhi on January 19, 2009.

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