Every year, India celebrates National Girl Child Day on January 24, an initiative of the Ministry of Women and Child Development. It focuses on the need to address the challenges of gender bias in our society and the whole purpose of the day is to change society’s attitude towards females.The initiative marked its inception in 2008 and the objective of celebrating the day is to highlight the inequalities faced by girls in the country. It also focuses on promoting awareness about the rights of a girl child and generates awareness on the importance of girl education, health, and nutrition. The day is celebrated by organizing various programs including awareness campaigns on Save the girl child, child sex ratios, and creating a healthy and safe environment for a girl child. Starting from female infanticide to gender inequality to sexual abuse, there is no dearth of issues. The main objective behind this is to highlight the inequalities faced by girls, to promote awareness including the rights of a girl child, the importance of education, health, and nutrition. Nowadays also gender discrimination is a major problem that girls or women face throughout their life. The Indian government has taken several steps over the years to change this and improve the conditions of girls. Several campaigns and programs such as Save the Girl Child, Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, free or subsidised education for the girl children, reservations for women in colleges and universities have been initiated to reduce this discrimination.

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