The initiative to celebrate 24th January as National Girl Child Day was taken by the Ministry of Women and Child Development in 2008. By dedicating this day to the girl child, the government hopes to curb all kinds of violence against them and create a safe and healthy environment for the girl child.
Campaigns and programs such as Save the Girl Child, Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, free or subsidized education for the girl children, reservations for women in colleges and universities are several steps taken up by the government.
Even today, gender inequality is one of the prime issues that need to be looked upon. Inequality about girl child is a vast problem which includes many areas like inequality in education, nutrition, legal rights, medical care, protection, honor, child marriage and so many. This day, aware people about the mentioned evils against female children and help them to take some initiative for girls.
In Bihar, an initiative (group) of students of Central University of South Bihar (CUSB) celebrates the National Girl Child Day to promote the girls position in the society to make their life better among society people. On this special day, CUSB spends time with the students of OBC Girls School in Gaya. They have been working on issues related to education for the past couple of years. They shared with them valuable information related to the importance and scopes of various fields that are open to them and scholarships that are available for higher education. Education was given prime importance as it is the weapon to fight against any kind of social evils. The objective behind celebrating this day is to support and give opportunities to girl children in Bihar.
Mukhyamantri Nari Shakti Yojana
In order to empower the Girl-child in society, Bihar Mukhyamantri Nari Shakti Yojana (MNSY) has been implemented since 2008 through the mobilization of women force in the state. Under the guidance of the Department of Social Welfare, the Government of Bihar WDC is making a coordination effort at all 38 districts of the state with the support of Civil Society Organization; Community-based Cooperatives, Non-Government Organizations and District Administration. These schemes mainly address the empowerment need of women in the field of Economic, Social and Cultural.
Many non-government organizations are also working for girl child in Bihar. Some examples are: –
Akhand Jyoti, through its unique program, seeks to improve the life of the girl child. The program offers the girls education and career opportunities. This also leads to a broader impact in the local society as our girls develop into role models and change agents.
Azad India Foundation is a well-recognized Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in Kishanganj, Bihar and has various donations related permissions. Azad India Foundation aims at Rural Welfare Reforms for the Indian Woman and Girl Child, Social welfare and Health Welfare.
Female literacy in Bihar is the lowest in India. Bihar is at the bottom rungs of the United Nations Gender-Related Development Index (GDI) and the Gender Empowerment Measure (GEM).