On the second annual International Day of the Girl Child, many organizations in India celebrated and educated in a variety of ways. Here are just some highlights of activities.
The non-profit organization Smart Education & Welfare Association (SEWA) in conjunction with the Parvez Sagar Foundation (PSF) held a seminar in Saharanpur of North India. Guests included Vijyashri Shukla, Dr. Nutan Upadhyay, who gave health tips for the students, and international judo expert, Deepak Gupta, who taught self-defense techniques to the 150 girls in attendance.
Moving Education and the Innovative Foundation for India celebrated at the Omkarananda Institute of Management and Technology Rishikesh. The organization and female students at the institute commemorated the event by taking a pledge to fight against female feticide, the dowry system, and eve teasing. The event provided a platform for girls to speak openly about the present situation of girls and women in today’s society.
The Dr. GC Mishra Memorial Educational & Charitable Trust and Yuvsatta held their first ever ‘Girl Star Awards’ for the students at KB DAV Sr. Sec. Model School in Tagore Theatre, Chandigarh. The girls performed a ‘Ganesh Vandana’ and a dance called ‘Seniorita.’ The awards were given to a variety of talented girls including, an actress, an engineer, a football player, and several activists. Marginalized girls from Bapu Dham Colony were also presented with hygiene kits.
At Government Model Sr. Sec. School, Sector 19 C, students staged a play ‘Mai Abla Nahi Sabla Hu’ highlighting the role of girls in future of mankind. Principal Sukhneer Sekhon emphasized that girls and women are not for worshiping or brand marketing of products, they deserve to be given their due share in our society.
At Government Model High School, Sector 22 C, the Peace Club Members organized a ‘Parent-teacher meeting’ to solicit the support of parents for girls’ education.
At Gurukul Global School the Peace club students and teachers took out a rally with placards proclaiming ‘I am a Girl’, ‘Imagine a World without Girls’, ‘Now it’s our time’ & ‘Save the Girl Child’.
Jagriti Child and Youth Concern Nepal (JCYCN) organized awareness programs throughout Nawalparasi and Kathmandu. Women and children discussed many different aspects of girls’ rights, with a special focus on girls in South Asia. They aimed to educate the girls about their legal rights and bring awareness to the discrimination they face.
In Nawalparasi, girls at the One Day Workshop Program discussed the need for separate toilets and changing rooms for girls in school, regular health checkups, and the discrimination girls face as well as the issue of trafficking children.
The Hayat Foundation focused on promoting girls’ literacy in Bajour Agency, a conflict-affected and Federally Administrated Tribal Area of Pakistan. The literacy rate in the area reaches only 3% for women and 17% for men due in part to the lack and far-flung locations of schools in the region. Teaching staff in the few schools is often un- or under-trained, if they are present at all. All of this is combined with the widespread poverty among tribesmen and the cultural taboo on girls’ education. The Hayat Foundation used the International Day of the Girl Child to spread their message of the importance of both boys’ and girls’ education.
Gorai Students Forum (GSF) Bangladesh organized a rally and discussion meeting on the theme of “Innovating for Girls’ Education”.
Nahdlatul Ulama Fatayat PW (NU Fatayat PW) Provincial Aceh, an organization of young women of Islam, celebrated the International Day of the Girl Child with victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami. The organization operates kindergartens for young children and provides teacher training for interacting with traumatized children, including those who survived the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.
The Zion Academy of Carmona, Philippines, also celebrated the International Day of the Girl Child.
In Taiwan, the Garden of Hope Foundation celebrated with International Day of the Girl Child with the 11th Formosa Girl Awards & 1st Asian Girl Rights Award Ceremony.
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