WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India
Jan 24, 2018, 12.52 PM
Every year, January 24 is celebrated as National Girl Child Day with an aim to offer support and provide new opportunities to the young girls.
The day also discourages sex selection and is celebrated to increase awareness about inequalities faced by girls and women in terms of education, healthcare, nutrition, legal rights, protection, and honour.
The initiative to celebrate the day was initiated by the Government of India as a development mission.
Taking to their Twitter handle, several leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi encouraged the achievements of women, and pledged to celebrate the birth of every girl child.
PM Modi shared a small video with an important message.
Madhya Pradesh is working hard to provide congenial environment to girls. On this day let us pledge to celebrate birth of every girl child. Education is imperative for emancipation of girls. We strive to provide them the best opportunities.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also took to her Twitter to tweet about Kanyashree scheme of the state government that aims at ensuring that girls do not drop out from schools and delay their marriages till at least the age of 18.
Today is National Girl Child Day. We are proud of our Kanyashree girls. Our scheme for the girl child is an international model now. My best wishes to all