National Girl Child Day

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    • Recently, the Government of India celebrated  National Girl Child Day.

    About National Girl Child Day

    • It was first initiated in 2008 by the Ministry of Women and Child Development.
    • It is celebrated in the country on January 24 every year with the objective to provide support and opportunities to the girls of India.
    • It aims towards promoting awareness about the rights of the girl child and to increase awareness on the importance of girl education, health and nutrition 
    • It also aims to promote the girl’s position in society to make their living better among the society. 
    • Gender discrimination is a major problem that girls and women face throughout their life.
      • It also aims to support the girl child of the nation and remove gender-based biases. 
      • The main focus is on changing society’s attitude towards girls, decreasing female feticide and creating awareness about the decreasing sex ratio.

    Steps Taken by the Government

    • The government of India has taken several steps over the years to improve the conditions of girls. The government has started several campaigns and programmes some of them are :
    • Save the Girl Child,
    • Beti Bachao Beti Padhao,
    • Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana
    • CBSE Udaan Scheme
    • Free or subsidized education for the girl child,
    •  Reservation for women in colleges and universities
    •  National Scheme of Incentive to Girls for Secondary Education

    Source :ET