“BETI BACHAO, BETI PADHAO”

An article by Dhirti Gupta student of LLb Symboisis Noida.

According to the census data, the child sex ratio (0-6 years) in India was 927 girls per 1000 boy in 2001 which drastically dropped to 914 girls per 1000 boys in year 2011. In India1, 750,000 girls are aborted every year. In some states, female foeticide is the major reason for this decline in the ratio of girls born in contract to boys infant. Medical science and technology made it possible to know about the gender of child in the womb of mother. For those who discriminate female infant it has made it very easy to get abort the female infants.
In India, dowry system is also somewhat linked to the female foeticide. People think that girl child is a burden on them as for her marriage huge amount of dowry is required otherwise she won’t be getting married. Pressure on parents to provide dowry for their daughter is very popular in prosperous states where high standard of living and modern consumerism are more present.
In some states like Madhya Pradesh the number of girls per 1000 boys was 932 in year 2001 which has declined to 912 and it is still declining day by day. The case is even worse in area like Mahendergarh and Jhajjar district, where there are only 775 girls for every 1000 boys. If this continues then soon there will occur the situation of repercussion. As there would not be enough girls left to get married to all the boys.
There are many activities also going on in the society to support and create awareness amongst the people to increase the number of female infant by performance of rallies, campaigns, wall painting, street plays, television commercials, short video films, etc. Many NGOs are also working for upliftment and education of girls. Government has also launched many policies to support girl child birth and education. Various government schools for girls have also opened up where free education and food is being provided so that parents could get motivated to send their daughters to school. It is our responsibility as a whole to wake up the society and make them realise that girls are not burden on their parents.
People want good daughter-in-law but if there will be no daughters left then how daughter-in-law will come. They even don’t want to educate their daughters but on contrary they want educated daughter-in-laws. Some people thinks that daughters are “paraya dhan”(else’s property) and one day they would go away after marriage so it is waste to spend money in educating a girl whereas sons will become their support when they will become old. But, had it been truth then so many old age homes would have not opened. There are many sons who are well settled and have huge amount of property and wealth but then to their parents are living in old age homes. On the other hand there are so many daughters who work hard to support their parents and help them in their survival.
There is a famous saying, “educate a man, you educate a person, educate a women you educate a complete family”. When a girl is educated she attains knowledge and gains power which helps her in self development. When she has a family it gives a positive thinking and influences that family in various manners. When her kids grow up she too makes them educated as mothers are the first teacher of their children, they play a very important role in moulding their children. So education of girls helps the society in all aspects which leads our country to develop gradually. Girl education is one of the most efficient and powerful tool which can makes as well as open up new opportunities to everyone in society.

When she was born,
They all had mourned;
They did not sent her to school
But taught her to cook
Because she needed it;

She worked hard at home,
But no one cared
‘God’ had made her a woman,
She was born a sinner

She was unwanted
A burden, but they kept her all along
There was a house to look after,
After all;

She was keeper of the house
But the house was not her keeper
She was to go away one day
And so she died;

They sent her away
Away forever
She did what she did in her own home
Only for different people and a new home

She did it all
She did it everywhere
But at the end of the day
She belonged nowhere.

This beautiful poem, explains the condition of a female in our society. It tells us about how girls are being ill treated as burden on society. After all her efforts and sacrifices, she is never valued by anyone. For society education of girls does not matter, they only want them to learning cooking and other household works.
It has been reported that 50 percent of girls in India fails to enrol in school and those who do, are likely to drop out by the age of 12 or 13. It is right of every girl to take birth and get proper education. Educating a girl helps her in realising her hidden potential, takes their stand in society, gives her freedom to think, act, question and judge world smartly and independently. Education helps them in building their personality, self confidence and self esteem. We can see the examples of various females like kalpana Chawla, Sonia Gandhi, kiran Bedi, Sania Mirza, Lata Mangeshkar, etc, these all are successful ladies. They have earned respect, prestige and fame in society. It is their hard work and support of society which made them successful. Girls can achieve everything in life if they are given proper education and support.
Various studies have confined that illiterate women have higher level of maternal mortality, low earning potential and poor nutritional state. If there will be enhancement in the field of girl’s education then it will bring growth and development in whole community. Now the time has come to think deeply on these problems and take some serious steps to eradicate these problems from society. Every parent must understand the importance of a girl child and if parents will start giving value and support to their daughters then everyone else will also support them. It is the duty of every citizen to create awareness amongst the people to save the girl child and to educate them.

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A Haiku for India’s Daughters Campaign 2015

Jessica H. Oliveira
Executive Assistant, The Bridgespan Group

Gender and racial equity are the two causes most dear to my heart. Education is a close second.

In 2012, I traveled to Delhi for an internship with Vidya/Cross-Cultural Solutions and had the opportunity to work at a community center for women and children in Munirka for a few months. The women I met there are eternal examples to me of strength and endurance. Like the Lotus flower, these incredible Indian women and girls thrived while abiding within muddy waters.

I wish you all good health and energy as you continue to embark on this campaign. A Haiku for India’s Daughters Campaign.

“Good quality schools
for every Indian child.
Shouldn’t it be so?”

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Brookings Institution supports India’s Daughters Campaign


Rebecca Winthrop
Director and Senior Fellow, Center for Universal Education
BROOKINGS

India’s Daughters Campaign 2015 raises the voices of those who are on the frontline of the learner’s experience: teachers and students—And, engages civil society and girls’ education leaders in the discussion on the importance of providing a safe space for girls and boys to learn.

Involving all actors in this discussion and building awareness of the detrimental effects of school-related gender-based violence is an important first step in identifying what a safe learning environment for girls in India means and what steps need to be taken to get there. Ensuring a safe space for girls has shown to have a positive influence on their school attendance, completion and on their overall learning outcomes—which benefit a society as a whole.

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Rakesh Ashesh

An article by Rakesh Ashesh, Ex. Head of Department of Chitragupt Snatakottar Mahavidyalaya, Mainpuri, UP.

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Just let her be!

Anupriya Agarwal
Relationship Manager, Maxworth Communication
Global Shaper, Lucknow Hub (World Economic Forum)
Associate Director, Lucknow Literature Carnival
Lucknow Expressions Society

“मै हूँ “

ऐ बेखबर दुनिया ,
काश तू ने मेरी सुध ली होती |
आसमान में उड़ना ,
तारों पे चलना , मेरी कोई तोह ख्वाइश ,
पूरी की होती |
दूसरों के लिए हंसी ,
दुसरो के लिए रोई,
अपनों की भीड़ में काश मैं न कभी खोयी होती |
रंग बिरंगे सपनो वाली ,
एक जीवन की माला मैंने भी पिरोई होती |
ऐ बेखबर दुनिया ,
काश तूने मेरी सुध ली होती|
इस तरह कवितायेँ लिख काश मन के सागर में ,
मैंने चुप चाप अपनी चाहतें, ना डुबोई होती |
रंग बिरंगे सपने वाली ,
एक जीवन की माला मैंने भी पिरोई होती ,
एक बेखबर दुनिया ,
काश तूने मेरी सुध ली होती

Let her fly ,
Give her wings ,
Give her , her own song to sing !
Don’t stop her from being free ,
Just let her be !

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A message from Niloufar Pourzand, UNICEF Uttar Pradesh


Niloufar Pourzand
Chief of the Field Office for Uttar Pradesh
UNICEF

We in UNICEF UP always welcome such great initiatives of our partners and other stakeholders to advance the rights and well being of the girls of UP. In fact, we have worked for quite a few years now with Study Hall on such efforts with very good results which we have also been able to showcase with others across India and even internationally. We wish Study Hall and its team, and of course, most importantly, the girls of UP a brighter future with good quality education, safety, respect and empowerment. As the saying goes: It takes a village to bring up a child. Let us all put our hands together for the girls of UP.

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The world can hear you, keep shouting


Ms. Sydney Howe
Cross-Cultural Communication Educator

I stand in solidarity with India’s Daughters from Munich, Germany.

I led students at Study Hall Educational Foundation (SHEF) (Vidyasthali School and Prerna Girls School) as they made short films about girls’ rights to education and safety. Those films, along with others made by the students are available on the internet, and have been seen by audiences around the world. However, the largest audiences of these short films are not in India or in the US: often, much of the view count comes from Saudi Arabia, where the films, even though they were uploaded years ago, continue to be viewed via YouTube.

India’s Daughters will travel even further. The world is watching you, and supporting your quest for equal rights. Your voices are heard through your art, not only in places that already support basic human rights for women, but in places where many women do not yet realize that they have rights at all. You are creating real change in India, and inspiring people in other places where women are fighting for their right to education, healthcare, and safety.

At co-educational Vidyasthali, the students voted unanimously to dedicate their film to a female classmate who had been pulled out of school and married off in the middle of the previous year. The group that wrote that film was composed of both boys and girls. These young men vehemently support equal rights for women too. They can see clearly how much better their own lives would be if women had equal human rights. In the film, the students made it abundantly clear what they think the first course of action should be to right these wrongs: allow India’s girls to attend school and graduate. With India’s Daughters, the voices of the remarkable young women and men of SHEF will be heard nationally.

Changing Girls’ Lives

Click here to learn more about Ms.Howe’s perspective on patriarchy in India or copy the link below

https://adventureswithsydney.wordpress.com/2012/04/06/princess-locked-in-a-tower/

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We, in Toronto, stand in solidarity with their insistence on equal human rights for girls


Kathleen Gallagher, PhD
Professor, Canada Research Chair
Associate Chair of Research
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
University of Toronto, Canada

I have watched from afar the powerful work of Dr. Urvashi Sahni and Prerna staff and students who continue to challenge forms of gender discrimination and inequality. I have also been fortunate enough to collaborate with Prerna through my program of research. In many countries, including India, live folk theatre has been a key tool for assessing social problems, raising awareness about issues and mobilizing public support for change. This mode of theatre is necessarily participatory in nature, relying on a collective process of learning between community members. I have watched extraordinary works of theatre created by the young women at Prerna, then shared in their communities and in our global community. We, in Toronto, stand in solidarity with their insistence on equal human rights for girls and women and stand also in admiration of their use of theatre to make clear their message.

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Food For Thought


Sunita Aron
Senior Resident Editor
Hindustan Times

What food is to a human body, education is to empowerment. Empowerment without education will remain a fallacy. Let’s make education the war cry in a society plagued with inequalities. Just as you need food to live, you need education to survive at home as well in the outer world.

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Your Voice is Our Voice… March On!


Rainn Wilson, Holiday Reinhorn, Kathryn Adams and the 500 girls of Lide-Haiti stand in solidarity with India’s Daughters against rape and gender-based violence across south asia and worldwide. To all of India’s daughters fighting against these heinous crimes — We see you, we hear you and we stand beside you in the fight to stop these unacceptable violations of body and spirit against our mothers, daughters and sisters. We applaud your courage and we promise you—the world is watching and will not sit in silence. Your voice is our voice. March On!

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