National Girl Child Day

National Girl Child Day: History, objectives, and celebration this year

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Every year on January 24, India celebrates National Girl Child Day, observed since 2008. The Ministry of Women and Child Development is leading the events around the country. The goal of the day is to raise public awareness about the disparities that girls suffer in Indian culture and encourage awareness about the girl child’s rights and the importance of female education, health, and nutrition.

Several Union ministers have sent their best wishes for the occasion, citing the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government’s “women-led development” initiatives.

Jagat Prakash Nadda, the head of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), also expressed his best wishes, stating that the government is working to “teach women and make them self-reliant.”

Objective
The day coincides with government campaigns and initiatives such as Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, Save the Girl Child, free/subsidized education, and women’s reservations in colleges and universities.

According to the Ministry of Women and Child Development, National Girl Child Day is intended to raise awareness about girls’ rights, provide them with equal chances as boys, support the nation’s girl children, and eliminate gender-based biases.

It also urges people to become more conscious of the inequities that a girl child encounters and educate them about the importance of a girl’s education. According to the government, the main focus is on improving society’s attitude toward girls, reducing female feticide, and raising awareness about the declining sex ratio.

National Girl Child Day celebration in 2022

As part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav this year, the Ministry of Culture is hosting an event called ‘Umang Rangoli Utsav.’ According to a news statement issued yesterday, participating teams will create Rangoli decorations in over 50 special spots across the country as part of the event. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will electronically interact with Rashtriya Bal Puraskar winners on National Girl Child Day and as part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. The program will honor the children’s outstanding achievements.

On the roads and squares named for female independence warriors or role models in the country, kilometer-long Rangoli decorations will be made. The prize winners, together with their parents and the concerned district magistrate of their respective district, would attend the event from their district headquarters.