Every year 24 January is celebrated as National Girl Child Day in India.
The primary objective of organizing this day is to focus on the need to address the challenges faced by girls in the Indian society due to gender discrimination.
The day emphasizes the need to change the attitude of the society towards girls.
Celebration of this day was started by the Ministry of Women and Child Development in the year 2008 with the goal of underlining the rights of the girl child and the importance of girl child education, health and nutrition.
It is worth noting that International Girl Child Day is celebrated every year on 11 October.
Gender inequality has been a major challenge in Indian society and culture for centuries. The beginning of this discrimination and inequality starts even before the birth of the girl child.
Government of India has taken many important steps to change this situation of discrimination against women and to improve the status of girls at the social level, including ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ campaign, ‘Sukanya Samridhi Yojana’, for girls. For free or subsidized education and reservation of seats in colleges and universities, etc.
A social media campaign ‘Selfie with Beti’ is also being organized to encourage the parents to express their love and pride towards their daughters.