24 January: National Girl Child Day
The National Girl Child Day was observed across the country on 24 January 2017. On the occasion, the Union Ministry of Women & Child Development threw the light on the exemplary achievements by nation’s daughters during 2016. The theme of this year National Girl Child Day was Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao.
The Ministry also applauded the performance of females at the Olympics and Paralympics. It also highlighted the historic induction of the first female fighter pilots into the Indian Air Force.
The event was attended by Avani Chaturvedi (Women Fighter Pilot), Arunima Sinha (First women amputee to climb Mount Everest), Deepa Malik (Silver medalist at Rio Paralympics 2016) and Shanno (Editor, Badhte Kadam).
The occasion was also marked by the release of The National Plan of Action for Children 2016. The Ministry also felicitated 10 districts under the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao scheme for their exemplary performance.
• Observed every year on 24 January, the day was established by the Union Government in the year 2008.
• The day was initiated with an aim to spread awareness about the inequalities faced by the girl child in the country.
• It also works towards enhancing girls’ meaningful contribution in decision making processes by active support of the parents and the community members.