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    World celebrates International Day of the Girl

    Day of the girl
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    Day of the girl

    International Day of the Girl Child is an international observance day declared by the United Nations; it is also called the Day of the Girl and the International Day of the Girl. October 11, 2012, was the first Day of the Girl.

    The initiative supports more opportunity for girls and increases awareness of gender inequality faced by girls worldwide based upon their gender.

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    Efforts undertaken by the Indian government
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    Efforts undertaken by the Indian government

    Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, Sukanya Samriddhi Account, One Stop Center Scheme, Mahila E-Haat are few measures undertaken by the Indian government towards the upliftment of women.

    Over the years India has shown incremental improvement in gender equality indicators. October 9-14 is also celebrated as the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao week.

    The event is celebrated worldwide
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    The event is celebrated worldwide

    The day is marked by events all over the world, from India to Kenya to Washington to Paris, put on by humanitarian organizations, nonprofits, and governments alike. With 1.1 billion girls in the world, the United Nations aims to help those girls that face disadvantage and discrimination on a daily basis and wants to highlight their struggle.

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    Safeguards in our Constitution
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    Safeguards in our Constitution

    The Indian Constitution provides a powerful mandate for human rights in its Preamble, Fundamental Rights and Duties and specific provisions for affirmative action. The government has instituted laws and policies protecting the rights of girls and women, including a ban on dowry, pre-birth sex determination and child marriage.

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    EmPOWER girls: Before, during and after conflict
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    EmPOWER girls: Before, during and after conflict

    This year the theme of the International Day of the Girl is ‘EmPOWER girls: Before, during and after conflict’ in humanitarian emergencies gender-based violence increases which means girls are more likely to be subjected to sexual and physical violence, child marriage, exploitation and trafficking.

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