International Day of Girl Child: Need to address challenges of girl children

Sudershan Kumar Sharma                                                                                         The International Day of the Girl Child focuses attention on the need to address the challenges girls face and to promote girls empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights. The Day, which is being celebrated on October 11 every year, was first celebrated on in 2012.
Now-a-days Generation Equality Forum (GEF) is launching five years’ commitments from civil society leaders,Governments, Corporations and change makers from around the world for bold gender equality impacts.
The pandemic has accelerated digital platforms for learning, earning and connecting, while also highlighting girls’ diverse digital realities. Let’s seize the momentum to derive action and accountability of GEF commitments made for and with girls to achieve a bold vision of bridging the digital gender.
Let’s amplify the diversity for freedom of expression, joy and boundless potential. This generation of girls regardless of race gender, language, ability, economic status and Geographic origin lives their full potential.
Nearly 1 in 4 girls aged 15 to 19 globally are not in education , employment or training compared to 1 in 10 boys till date. Moreover, International Girl Child Day 2021 is being celebrated across the country with the objective of raising awareness on the issue of and declining female sex ratio.
The objective of celebrating International Girl Child Day is to highlight the inequalities faced by girls. India also celebrates International Girl Child Day each year in January 24. It has been started by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Govt. of India in 2008 with the purpose of spreading awareness among people about all the inequalities girls face in Indian society.
This day was celebrated by organising various programmes including awareness campaign on save the girl child sex ratio and creating a healthy and safe environment for a child girl whereas National Girl Child Day 2021 aims towards promoting awareness about the rights of the girl child and to increase awareness on the importance of girl education and their health.
On the occasion of International Day of the Girls child, let’s recognise the rights of girls and also problems they face around the globe to give them a better life, a better future.
The International Day of the Girl Child reminds us that it is our responsibility to give them the importance they deserve and work together for their happier lives since it has been long the girl child has been discriminated against and it has been long that they have been suffering. Let us get their honour back and make it a happy International Day of the Girl Child. The world will be a better place if this discrimination against the girl child is stopped. Let’s work in synergy to make this dream come true, because the girl child is the sweetest blessing and most beautiful creation of God.
(The Author is a Senior Lecturer)