State Resource Centre for Women-Nagaland Chapter
International Day of the Girl Child was first declared by the United Nations on October 11, 2012, and it has since been observed every year the world over. This day aims to highlight and address the needs, issues, concerns and challenges faced by girls, while promoting their empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights and reinforcing gender equality worldwide. The inequalities girls most commonly face include areas such as right to education/access to education, nutrition, legal rights, medical care, and protection from discrimination, violence against women, and child marriage. International Day of the Girl Child events and activities are organized by governments of Member States, the UN system, NGOs, and the civil society.
In view of this day, in order to influence national and mainstream discourse in favour of girls and women and visibility to Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (Save the girl child, educate her), which is one of the flagship programmes of the Government of India, the Ministry of Women and Child Development is celebrating the 9th to 14th October with the theme, “Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Week – The Daughters of New India.” The 161 BBBP districts across India will be organizing activities in a campaign mode to create awareness and sensitize community in their respective districts.
The State Resource Centre for Women-Nagaland Chapter, under the aegis of the NSSWB, is the Project Management Unit of the BBBP in the State. The BBBP’s goal is to celebrate the girl child, ensure her survival and protection, and to ensure her education, thereby ensuring her employability and participation. With the aim of spreading awareness on these, the District Team of the BBBP in Longleng district, which is identified as the gender critical district in the State, is organizing various activities to observe the BBBP Week, such as – Rally, Signature Campaign, Door to Door Campaign & Community Sensitization, Seminar on Women related Schemes and Programs and Special Legislation, cultural activities, felicitation of promising girls, etc. In addition, programs/activities are being organized in Kohima and Phek to observe International Day of the Girl Child.
Realizing that investing in adolescent girls is the key to development, the Nagaland Adolescent Girls’ Club, an initiative of the Nagaland State Social Welfare Board (NSSWB), facilitates school going adolescent girls to emerge as formidable agents, that each may become an ‘ambassador’ of change in attitude and conduct, which will not only benefit them, but the society at large, in numerous positive ways.
This International Day of the Girl Child, the State Resource Centre for Women calls upon all to join hands and celebrate the girl child among us, to ensure her survival and protection, to enable her education, thereby ensuring her employability and equal participation in our society in order to generate a safer, more balanced, and discrimination free society for all.