Significance of National Girl Child Day

In India, the skewed sex ratio is 933 female for every 1000 male which is a sign of gender bias in the country1 . To create awareness on this deep bias against female children in India, United Progressive Alliance (UPA) has declared January 24 as National Girl Child Day. Government by this initiative hopes to create awareness among the people about gender-selection abortion and female infant abandonment. The date marks the day in 1966 that Indira Gandhi took over as the first woman Prime Minister of India.

This day is celebrated to provide girl identification as an equal member of her family, her community and her country. With the increase in number of women forming the workforce in the country, it is essential for them to be healthy, secure and educated. Hence, on this day efforts are are made by the government to help out all the support to girl child since its initial stage of life.




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