As part of their social responsibility, doctors of Lilavati Hospital and Research Centre, one of the leading hospitals in the city of Mumbai have planned an ambitious public awareness campaign called ‘Save and Empower the Girl Child’. The said campaign will be launched on 11th April at J W Marriott, Juhu. The basic idea is to create buzz regarding the said initiative and its relevance to the current scenario. The event will have speeches and audio visual bites from various eminent dignitaries. Further, it is proposed to felicitate some women achievers for their outstanding contribution in various areas.
Shri Suresh Shetty, Hon’ble minister for Public Health, Family Welfare & Protocol, Government of Maharashtra, is the guest of honour for this special occasion.
A series of free medical camps for the girl child on the last Saturdays of every month is a part of this special initiative by doctors of Lilavati Hospital and Research Centre. These medical camps will include eye check-ups, dental check-ups, nutrition camps and overall health check-ups. The Fashion Show and this event is the first of a series of strategic efforts to be undertaken to Save and Empower the Girl Child.
In India, in the last 20 years, about 10 million girls have been killed by their parents either before or after they were born. The average death rate for girls under the age of one year was 72 per 1000 compared to 55 per 1000 among boys. The proportion of girls who are able to attend school in India continues to remain low. 54% females are literates compared to 76% males. The child sex ratio (determined between the age 1 day to 6 years) has declined to 914 from 2001 value of 927. The child sex ratio is lowest since our independence in 1947. It has been continuously reducing for the last 50 years. A closer look at the detailed demographics would reveal that the child sex ratio is less than 900 in 8 states across India – including the two biggest states – UP and Maharashtra.
The Government of India has taken steps to empower the girl child. These include free and compulsory education for the girl child and enacting laws against dowry. What is more important is to have a mindset revolution. So are you ready to take the first step to save and empower the Girl Child?