It’s a high time that we treat a girl child equally and give her same rights as that of her brother
Kofi Annan once said “There is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women.”
Since 2008, India has celebrated National Girl Child Day on January 24th every year, to raise awareness and consciousness of the society with respect to the girl child.
On this day in 1966, the late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was sworn in as the first woman Prime Minister of India. Indira Gandhi was hailed as an icon of women power and hence this historic day is a perfect choice to celebrate the national girl child day.
The National Girl Child Day, was started to offer more support and new opportunities to the girls in the country. Inequality and girl child is a vast problem which includes many areas like inequality in education, nutrition, legal rights, medical care, protection, honour, child marriage, domestic violence, sexual harassment in public spaces, as well as the workplace, and so on.
It is celebrated to promote the girls position in society to make their lives better. It is very necessary to remove different kinds of social discrimination and exploitation that girls generally face in their life. To increase the awareness about the necessity of the girls right in society, various political and community leaders speak about the girls right for equal education and fundamental freedoms.
It is necessary for girls to fulfil their potential. They should be aware of all their legal rights and the facts of life. They should be aware that they have a right to good education, nutrition and health care rights. They should be well aware about legislation including Domestic Violence Act 2009, Prohibition of Child Marriage Act 2006 and Dowry Prohibition Act 2006 in order to get their legitimate rights and face all the challenges in life.
It is very clear that a girl child always becomes a blessing for the society and reason for the continuation of life in this world. We worship many female goddesses at various festivals but we never feel the need to be kind to the women living in our home. Truly, girls are pillars of society. A girl child can be a good daughter, a sister, a wife, a mother and other good relationships in the future. If we kill them before taking birth or do not care after taking birth then how we will get a daughter, sister, wife or mother in future. Has anyone of us has ever thought what will happen if women refuse to give birth to a baby or give all responsibility of their motherhood to men. Will men be able to take up all the responsibilities? If not then why girls are killed, why they considered a curse, why are they a burden to their parents or society. Why the eyes are not being open of the people even after many surprised truth and facts about girls.
Adolescence is a critical phase in a girl’s life when she is on the threshold of womanhood. There are several needs and concerns which require to be addressed, including those of health, nutrition and education. The adolescent girls needs to be informed and empowered to be able to face the challenges of life such as the issue of Domestic Violence, Child Marriage, and Dowry etc.
The practice of early marriage and child-bearing that persists puts adolescent girls and their children at increased risk of adverse outcomes. Adolescent girls are harbingers of the next generation; they can transform not only their own lives but also the lives of every member of their family and the wider society around them. An investment in their well-being and development is also an investment in the well-being of the country.
The fight for equal rights is surely a tough one; however, we need to focus on the protection of our sisters and daughters, putting an end to the constant discrimination against them in everyday life--some of which begins even before they are born.
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