National Girl Child Day: History & objectives

National Girl Child Day is to create awareness about rights a girl has and to give them opportunities and remove gender-based biases.

India is celebrating National Girl Child Day on today, January 24. It is an initiative undertaken by the ministry of women and child development with an objective to provide support and opportunities to the girls of India.

Girl Child Day
Various Union ministers extended their wishes on the occasion, listing the measures taken by the BJP government at Centre for “women-led development”. BJP president Jagat Prakash Nadda also extended his wishes, saying that the Centre is taking steps to educate women and make them self-reliant.
Objectives: According to women and child development ministry, National Girl Child Day is meant to create awareness about the rights a girl owns and to give them opportunities like everyone else, and to support the girl child of the nation and remove gender-based biases.

It also calls for promoting awareness about the inequalities that a girl child faces and educate people about girl’s education. The main focus is on changing society’s attitude towards girls, decrease female feticide and create awareness about the decreasing sex ratio, added the ministry.

History: In 2008, the govt of India declared January 24 to be celebrated as the National Girl Child Day every year with the objective of raising the consciousness of the society towards the girl child so that she can be valued and respected.

The women and child development ministry listed a number of steps taken by the government in this regard like:

Save the Girl Child, Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana, CBSE Udaan Scheme, Free / subsidized education for girl child, Reservation for women in colleges / universities.

The day is marked by various events across India, though the ministry has decided to organise all programmes in virtual mode this year in view of Covid-19 pandemic.