FPAI?s special initiative for girl child during Navratri
THE BHOPAL branch of Family Planning Association India (FPAI) has come up with a unique way to celebrate Navratri as 'Balika Week' from September 23 to 30.india Updated: Sep 22, 2006 16:58 IST
THE BHOPAL branch of Family Planning Association India (FPAI) has come up with a unique way to celebrate Navratri as 'Balika Week' from September 23 to 30.
Traditionally Navratri is celebrated by worshipping goddess Durga and organising Kanya Bhoj. The Bhopal branch of FPAI has planned to hold several programmes for girls living in slum areas to sensitise people about importance of girl child.
Health check-up camps, lectures on nutrition, education, health and hygiene are scheduled to be organised.
Besides, food packets will be distributed among girls, informed FPAI, Bhopal, president Kiran Awasthy. This unique initiative will aim at saving the girl child through an aggressive campaign, she said.
Alarmed at the declining sex ratio, FPAI, an NGO working for women and family welfare for over five decades, has decided to hold these programmes to check the practice of sex selection. Bhopal branch is committed to the cause of the girl child, she said.
It successfully completed the Government of India's girl child project under which the district and state-level workshops were held for agents of change like Aganwadi workers, Panchayat representativesm and village schoolteachers etc.
‘Send your daughters back to school’ campaign to enroll girl dropouts has yielded encouraging results. Publicity about the PNDT Act through Railway reservation forms was highly successful. Competitions in schools and colleges on the theme ‘Our daughters are our asset’, inspired many paintings and slogans. Prize winning paintings were made into greeting cards for sale.
Resource generation schemes and counselling and information Centre for young girls are also being run. Branch volunteers have contributed generously for funding the 'Balika Week'.
Those interested to attend these programmes can contact the FPAI branch officer at E-6/1, Arera Colony for detailed information.