There are many issues girls still face, including female infanticide, gender inequality, discrimination, and sexual abuse and violence. Every January 24, India celebrates National Girl Child Day. This day aims to highlight the inequalities girls face and promote awareness about their rights and the importance of education, nutrition, and health. The Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD), along with other ministries such as Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Youth and Sports, Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Skill Development and Ministry of Science and Technology, organizes events across India on this day. MWCD states that the day's purpose is to promote girls' rights and change society's attitude towards them.
The Ministry of Women and Child Development initiated National Girl Child Day in 2008. This day is intended to raise awareness about gender-based discrimination girls face in society and to change attitudes towards them.
Over the years, the government has taken many steps to improve girls' lives and change this. Several programs and campaigns have been launched to reduce discrimination, including Save the Girl Child, which offers free or subsidized education to girl children and reservations for women at colleges and universities. Celebrations will also commemorate the anniversary of Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao(BBBP), a landmark scheme of the Government of India that was launched in 2015. It aims to raise awareness and improve the efficiency of welfare services for girls in India.
According to MWCD, National Girl Child Day 2022 will be celebrated in all 50 states. However, the government has not yet announced a theme for this year's celebration. The day's objective was to raise awareness about the Child Sex Ratio (CSR) decline. National Girl Child Day 2020's theme was "My Voice: Our Equal Future".
MWCD and the other government ministries have organized several activities and campaigns to encourage people to get involved in large numbers to celebrate National Girl Child Day. The MWCD will also honour 75 young female achievement figures under 20 years old. In addition, a social media campaign called "selfie with your daughter" is being planned to encourage parents to show their pride and love for their daughters.