India has launched a campaign to celebrate daughters, granddaughters and daughter in laws this week and is observing Daughter’s week this week.
Daughter’s week is being observed keeping in mind the issues of Female foeticide, to empower girl’s education and improve India’s sex ratio.
Ms. Maneka Gandhi said, “We are asking people to celebrate the young women and girls in their lives”, she added “The time has come to celebrate women. Women are doing much better now, there’s more confidence in them. We want to spread the message that the girl child should be valued”.
To start the campaign she tweeted a photograph with her daughter in law and granddaughter. Since then people have been posting pictures on social media using hashtag #BBBPDaughtersWeek.
The campaign aims at the issues of patriarchal society, where sons are still preferred over daughters and that has led to hundreds and thousands of female foeticide every year. Also at least 22 women are killed for dowry every year, and rapes are reported in every 22 minutes.
Last year in January PMO launched the Beti Bachao Beti Padao (BBBP) programme to address the issue of skewed child sex ratio.
Mrs. Gandhi gives reasons as to why her campaign singles out daughters, granddaughters, and daughter in law:
- Daughters because people think of them as burden and inferior to a son, also they are a bad investment since she will be married off to some other home.
- Granddaughters because in most cases mother in laws forces their daughter in law to abort her female fetus.
- Daughter in law because “we are killing them the most” and “we are trying to tell people to treat their daughters in law as they would treat their own daughters.”
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