TAMIL NADU

“Girl children must get enough space to grow”

Staff Reporter

“It is my right to decide myself”

MADURAI: A three-day event was organised to celebrate girl children by Sakthi Vidiyal, a voluntary organisation engaged in encouraging child rights. The theme of the event was ‘It is my right to decide myself.’

The major aim of the event was to sensitise the society on ensuring equal participation of the girl child in the mainstream of the society and not to discriminate her. Girl children must be allowed to develop their full potential, free from hunger and want, neglect and abuse. Girl children are neither the property of their parents nor are they helpless objects of charity. They are human beings and are the subject of their own rights. These were the messages sent out by participants at the event.

Girls belonging to Vidiyal Child Rights Movement organised the event by calling the three days as “three precious days.” During the first day’s event on November 18 cultural programmes were conducted in which girl students from various schools in the city participated.

Tie wristbands

On Wednesday, children from Vidiyal went around the city and symbolically expressed their solidarity by propagating the rights of the child by tying wristbands to girls below the age of 18.

The final day being United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child Day, which incorporates the full range of human rights —civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights to children, the valedictory function was held.

Thematic representations through cultural performance focusing on girl child rights were staged. At the end of the programme, students, parents and teachers took a pledge to espouse the rights of girl children.

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