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24 January: National Girl Child Day


National Girl Child Day is celebrated in the country on January 24 every year.


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Aim

  • It aims towards promoting awareness about the rights of the girl child and to increase awareness on the importance of girl education, and their health and nutrition and also to promote the girls position in the society to make their living better among the society.

Objectives

  • The objective of National Girl Child Day is to create awareness about the rights a girl owns and to give girls the opportunities like everyone else, also to support the girl child of the nation and remove gender-based biases. Another objective of celebrating this day is to promote awareness about the inequalities that a girl child faces and educate people about girl’s education. Basically to value them and to respect them like everybody else and give a new perspective towards girl child and to decrease discrimination. The main focus is on changing society’s attitude towards girls, decrease female feticide and create awareness about the decreasing sex ratio.

Government Initiatives

  • Government of India has taken several steps over the years to improve the conditions of girls. Government has started several campaigns and programmes some of them are:
    • Save the Girl Child,
    • Beti Bachao Beti Padhao,
    • Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana
    • CBSE Udaan Scheme
    • Free or subsidized education for girl child,
    • Reservation for women in colleges and universities
    • National Scheme of Incentive to Girls for Secondary Education