International Day of the Girl Child is celebrated each year on October 11. On December 19, 2011, United Nations General Assembly declared October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child, to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world.
International Day of the Girl Child is celebrated with the objective to-
For the International Day of the Girl Child, 2018, the theme is: “With Her: A Skilled GirlForce”. Today's generation of girls are preparing to enter a world of work that is being transformed by innovation and automation. Educated and skilled workers are in great demand, but roughly a quarter of young people, most of them female are currently neither employed or in education or training.
1 billion young people including 600 million adolescent girls will enter the workforce in the next decade, but more than 90% of those living in developing countries will work in the informal sector, where low or no pay, abuse and exploitation are common.
On International Day of the Girl Child, under the theme, With Her: A Skilled GirlForce it’s time to think to expand existing learning opportunities, chart new pathways and calling on the global community to rethink how to prepare them for a successful transition into the world of work.
Adolescent girls have the right to a safe, educated, and healthy life, not only during critical formative years, but also as they mature into women. If effectively supported during the adolescent years, girls have the potential to change the world; both as the empowered girls of today and as tomorrow’s workers, mothers, entrepreneurs, mentors, household heads, and political leaders.
It is a good time to recognize the achievements made in supporting young girls and inspirations to support the current and upcoming generation of adolescent girls, to fulfill their potential as key persons in achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Various initiatives have been taken by Government of India (GOI) to empower the girls with knowledge, values and skills, creating positive benefits for families and communities, today and tomorrow.
Beti Bacho, Beti Padho: Government of India has launched a Beti Bacho, Beti Padho initiative through a national campaign. This is a joint initiative of Ministry of Women and Child Development, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW) and Ministry of Human Resource Development.
The objectives of this initiative are:
Adolescent Health Programme is implemented with the help of MOHFW, GOI, it provides services to adolescents through adolescent reproductive and sexual health programme (ARSH), weekly iron and folic acid supplementation programme and scheme for promotion of menstrual hygiene.
National Policy for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship 2015 (supersedes the policy of 2009) has been formulated by Ministry for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship with the objective to impart employable skills to country’s growing workforce.