Today, the daughters have a stake in practically every area. So, people celebrate National Girl Child Day with great enthusiasm. Yet there was a period when the male gender killed a girl child while still in the womb. Parents forced daughters into the fire of child marriage even before they were born.
This was especially the case in rural communities when girl children were forced to get married at an early age. The Indian government has been fighting discrimination against daughters and sons, as well as crimes against them, since the independence of the country.
When do people celebrate national girl child day?
In India, the 24th of January is celebrated as National Girl Child Day.
Why is this day celebrated?
There is a reason to celebrate this important day on January 24. It is to raise awareness about the need of empowering the daughters of the country. This reason is linked to Indira Gandhi, the first female PM of India.
History of national girl child day
Every year on the 24th of January, India celebrates National Girl Child Day. The Ministry of Women and Child Development and the Indian government initiated it in 2008. They did it to make people more aware of the inequities that girls confront in Indian culture.
Every year on January 24th, people celebrate Girl Child Day for a special reason. Indira Gandhi is the foundation of this reason. Indira Gandhi became India’s first female Prime Minister when she swore to the pledge of the country in 1966. The 24th of January is a significant date in Indian history, Women empowerment and promoting gender equality.
Significance of this day
The purpose of celebrating this day is to raise awareness about the rights of the girl child. All people, including the daughters, must be made aware of the discrimination experienced by the girl child in society. Every year on this day, state governments hold awareness initiatives in their respective states. Apart from National Girl Child Day, people all over the world celebrate 11 October as International Day of Girl Child.
Amy Tenny said, “The world needs strong women. Women who will lift and build others, who will love and are loved. The women who live bravely, both tender and fierce. These are the women of indomitable will.”
National Girl Child Day 2022
People will celebrate the NGCD 2022 across the nation with objectives of generating awareness on the issue of declining Child Sex Ratio (CSR) and creating a positive environment around valuing the girl child. The celebrations also mark the anniversary of the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP) Scheme.
This year, the Ministry of Women and Child Development celebrates the National Girl Child Day in the backdrop of 75 years of Indian Independence – Azadi Ka Amirt Mahotsav”. The event highlights the following.
- Achievements of Ministries in empowering Girl Child
- Felicitates young female achievers under 20 years of age
- Launch of new schemes aimed at the Girl Child
- Selfie with daughter – 75 lakhs