In a move meant to draw attention to the rising cases of gender disparity, Child Rights And You (CRY), has organised a drive in the city. The event, which is part of the Let Her Fly campaign, is also organising an exhibition of over 100 kites in celebration of the International Girl Child Day today.
Says Priya Zuchsi, senior manager at CRY, “Mumbai has one of the worst child sex ratios, with 874 girls born to every 1,000 male children. This includes girls from one to six years of age. With such inequality, it is important to raise awareness.”
During the campaign, CRY volunteers connected with three projects Apne Aap, Salha and Aakar and interacted with girls from municipal schools. Over 300 girls were part of the campaign.
“They come from underprivileged families. Even before they are born they are discriminated against. Even after they are born, most of them do not have access to health facilities and schools,” says Zuchsi, adding “Despite their situation, these girls have hope. They were asked to write messages on the kites and most of them wrote that they wanted to build a house for their family, make their parents proud and be a teacher or an astronaut.”
At the exhibition, people can write messages for these girls on kites.