The day discourages sex selection and is celebrated to increase awareness about inequalities faced by girls Photograph:( Zee News Network )
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 Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan pledged to work hard to provide congenial environment to girls.
Greetings on #NationalGirlChildDay.— ShivrajSingh Chouhan (@ChouhanShivraj) January 24, 2018
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.
Commerce and Industries Minister Suresh Prabhu stressed on giving equal opportunities to girl children.
National Girl Child Day celebrates the splendid achievements of the girl child and also challenges gender-based stereotypes.— Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) January 24, 2018
Let every girl child be cherished and given equal opportunities to shine forth in her life.#NationalGirlChildDay #GirlRising #Equality @MinistryWCD pic.twitter.com/PsZyX1GDCC
Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani also promised to provide girls with equal opportunities.
On National Girl Child Day, let us celebrate achievements of our girl child with pride and pledge to empower them with equal opportunities. pic.twitter.com/EJFPxZiTm3— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) January 24, 2018
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— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) January 24, 2018
This day marks the significance of the daughters of India, who have and may bring laurels to the country if given the right upbringing and opportunities.