Creating awareness against female foeticide and gender discrimination

Seeking to put an end to discrimination against the girl child and start an awareness campaign against female foeticide, Delhi-based Sun Foundation has launched a ‘Save the Girl Child Campaign’. The idea is to move from village to village to voice a strong concern against sex-selective tests and reiterate the opportunity that a girl child brings to a family and to society at large.

Named ‘Hamari Miss India’, the campaign has already taken off from Rohtak in Haryana and will move to the other States of Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi and Maharashtra initially. A few film celebrities have been roped in for the venture.

“The campaign’s aim is to transform it into a community movement. We will be gifting bicycles to underprivileged girls in villages and semi-urban areas who are good in studies and encourage them to go to school and complete their education,” Sun Foundation president Vikramjit Singh Sahaney said. Girl students will also be provided with text books, school bags and uniforms.

Mr. Sahaney said the objective is to sensitise society about the impending gender crisis, and create awareness about the Pre conception and Prenatal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex Selection) Act, 1994 through the use of street theatre.

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