The National Girl Child Day is celebrated on 24th January every year across India by the Union Ministry of Woman and Child Development with an aim to mark the importance of girl child in the country.
The National Girl Child Day is celebrated to encourage the girl’s situation in the society, to offer more support and new opportunities to the girls in the country, to remove different types of social discrimination and exploitation with the girls and to aware them that they have equal rights of the good education, nutrition, and health care.
The National Girl Child Day was first celebrated in the year 2008, to highlight the importance of education, nutrition, legal rights, medical care and safety of girl children.
On the occasion, various events are organised all across the country to celebrate the day and promote the position of girls in the society.
The International Girl Child Day is celebrated every year on 11th October by the United Nations.
In recent years, the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) has taken many steps to ensure the rights of the women and reverse the trend of declining sex ratio.
Following are some of the schemes introduced by the Government of India to protect and empower the girl child:
1. Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao
2. Sukanya Samriddhi Account
3. Dhanalakshmi Scheme