Educating women is imperative to check female infanticide, which is leading to rapid fall in the population of women, ICDS Project Director Leelavathi said on Thursday.
Speaking as a chief guest in the International Day of Girl Child programme at Aarti Home here, she said that ICDS, Education and Health Departments were working in tandem to ensure sustenance and empowerment of women.
She lauded Aarti Home for giving shelter and educating abandoned and orphaned children by starting a child helpline. She assured the government’s support for such child homes.
Aarti Home founder-director P.V. Sandhya stressed the need for a society sans gender discrimination.
The home would take up a programme in the rural areas in Kadapa district till March 31 with a view to sensitise people against gender discrimination.
Poverty and illiteracy were the root causes of gender discrimination and female foeticide, Padma Anil Kumar, wife of District Collector V. Anil Kumar, said. Girls should be educated on a par with boys, she said. The home was striving to provide a bright future to orphaned children and impart training to women to empower them economically, she said.
Honorary Advisor and retired RIO, A. Pitchaiah Chowdary, called for steps to infuse confidence among girl children and added that education would help them gain economic independence, which would result in ending gender discrimination.