International Girl Child Day: Irani calls for gender parity

Girl Child Day

New Delhi: On the occasion of International Girl Child Day on October 11, Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani appealed for ensuring gender parity in the society.

The minister took to twitter,  “On International Girl Child Day, let us reaffirm our commitment towards ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ and work towards ensuring gender parity in our society”.

Chairperson of National Commission for Women Rekha Sharma said, “Empower the girl, change the world. International Day of Girl Child”.

Meanwhile, United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres in his message said, “We need to uphold the equal rights, voices and influence of girls in our families, communities and nations. Girls can be powerful agents of change, and nothing should keep them from participating fully in all areas of life”.

Since 2012, the International Girl Child Day is being observed on October 11 every year with an aim to empower women and spreading awareness about eliminating gender abnormalities against girls around the world.

This year the theme is “Girl Force: Unscripted and Unstoppable” and celebrates achievements by, with and for girls since the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.

The day focuses attention on the need to address the challenges girls face and to promote their empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights.

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