October 11, 2012, was the first Day of the Girl. Since then October 11 has been observed as the International Day of the Girl Child by the United Nations.
The world’s 1.1 billion girls are part of a large and vibrant global generation poised to take on the future. Yet the ambition for gender equality in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) highlights the preponderance of disadvantage and discrimination borne by girls everywhere on a daily basis. Only through the explicit focus on collecting and analyzing girl-focused, girl-relevant and sex-disaggregated data, and using these data to inform key policy and program decisions, can we adequately measure and understand the opportunities and challenges girls face, and identify and track progress towards solutions to their most pressing problems.
With this in mind, the theme for this year’s International Day of the Girl (11 October) is Girls’ Progress = Goals’ Progress: What Counts for Girls.
Beti Bachao Beti Padhao: The pet project launched by Indian Prime Minister Shri Narender Modi “Beti Bachao Beti Padhao” (BBBP) Yojana (save the daughter, educate daughter) to save and empower the girl child is making waves all over the nation.
This major inter-ministerial initiative of the Government of India bringing together Ministries, institutions, and civil societies, though not a drastic change yet, the results are positive in the scheme. The scheme will have focussed intervention and multi-section action in almost 100 districts with low Child Sex Ratio (CSR).
The Overall Goal of the Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao(BBBP) Scheme is to Celebrate the Girl Child & Enable her Education . The objectives of the Scheme are as under :-
- Prevent gender biased sex selective elimination
- Ensure survival & protection of the girl child
- Ensure education of the girl child
The Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP) initiative has two major components.
- Mass Communication Campaign and
- Multi-sectoral action in 100 selected districts (as a pilot) with adverse CSR, covering all States and UTs
Mr. Abhishek Sindal has created Story Map using Esri mapping technology to mark the importance of GIRL CHILD on this International Day of the Girl Child.