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National Girl Child Daystarted by theMinistry of Women and Child Developmentand theGovernment of Indiain 2008 with the purpose to spread awareness among people about all the inequalities girls face in the Indian society is celebrated every year on 24th January. BBG Bangaru Talli Charitable Trust is hosting the day by organizing various programs includingawareness campaignsonsave the girl child child sex ratios and creating a healthy and safe environment for a girl child in its operational area of Kammadhanam Farooqnagar Mandal Rangareddy district. People have taken active participation in the activities done by BTCT more than what is expected.It is celebrated with the theme of Empowering Girls for a Brighter Tomorrow.
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The Trust believes that participating in such events focuses on the atrocities faced by women in society due to orthodox and patriarchal beliefs. It intends to create an environment of equality in society anda layout where no gender or race sits on a pedestal and enjoys privilege over others. This event is crucial for changing the flawed fabric of society and crafting an approach that creates opportunities for women.
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The Trust assumes the Significance of National Girl Child Day is as to spread knowledge about the issues that a girl child is facing in India. Some major issues which still exist in our society are:
Education - Girls; education in India needs a lot of attention as per the current situation literacy rate of women is around 65% compared to male literacy rate which is 83%.BBG BTCT strongly believes empowerment of one daughter means the empowerment of an entire family. By educating a girl child we can make it possible for her to grow up and become an empowered girl.
Girls Nutrition Health - Problems like malnutrition anaemia and vitamin A deficiency is very severe in girls especially residing in rural areas. Common causes of malnutrition are due to lack of adequate healthy foods and child care. BBG BTCT is trying to tackle this obstruction by providing awareness on Health Hygiene Nutrition at school level and Anganwadi centre level to the target groups.
Child Marriage -Most of the child marriage involves underage girls who belong to poor socio-economic background. BBG BTCT is looking seriously into the issue by focusing on the parents of higher and secondary higher school girls. The Trust is trying to sensitize the parents towards the issue of child marriages through awareness sessions with parents. Obviously it will promote girl child education among rural girls. As per the UNICEF report every one out of three world child brides is living in India. The Trust is working hard to reduce the ratio to zero.
Legal Rights and Girl Protection -Crime against innocent girls such as rape acid throwing honour killings and forced prostitution have increased in the last ten years; also many cases of trafficking young girls have been reported. There is a need for social reform in the country. For this noble cause the trust is communicating with more and more male adolescents at schools and colleges in its operational areas. It believes that sensitizing male adolescents towards the issue helps in reducing violence against women.
Campaigns like BetiBachao BetiPadhao; which addresses issues like stop female foeticide girls; right to education is created a mass awareness about changing the mind-set of people. BBG BTCT is planning many strategies like providing meritorious scholarships to the poor girls construction of toilet for girls in rural areas awareness on MHM - including provision of sanitary napkins to increase the attendance of girls in schools.
In today era girls are not only restricted to education but also in sports and other physical activities too they are marking their footprints. This is the first time in the history of Indian sports that the ministry of sports nominated nine women athletes for the Padma awards 2020. Also second time at the republic day parade this year all women biker contingent of CRPF will participate to showcase daredevil stunts. Its 65-member team will show skills on 350cc Bullet motorcycles. BBG BTCT is aspiring to mould the girls into brave citizens of India.
Despite all of measures taken across at different level we need to change the thinking of people in Male dominated Society where education of son is given more importance and girls are always first choice for house hold works. But let not losehope with the coming years girl education in India will reach to new heights.
On account of National Girl Child Day BBG BTCT honoured single girl child parents for being committed to be blessed with girl child. Also the trust provided frocks to 100 girl child on the dais. During the event all the honourable guests and dignitaries stressed on the above mentioned topics in their speeches. Women representatives of Local Self-Governance Body marked special attraction during the event. About 1000 girl child and 200 Anganwadi teachers have taken part in the event.