Sign this charter from CRY – Child Rights and You. It asks you to pledge on the following bare minimum acts you can do for your own bid to help girl child:
I will take action myself
- I will not accept or perpetuate any reasoning based on myths or cultural norms and rituals that see a girl child as a liability to the family, and in a way become cause for social evils and crimes such as foeticide.
- I will not employ any girl or boy of less than 18 years as domestic help, or in any occupation that deprives them of the right to education, play & social life.
- I will ensure that all girls in my family & those I know have equal access to quality education and development opportunities to be economically independent and are able to participate in all the decisions that are significant to their lives.
- Acknowledging that all kinds of physical, sexual & emotional abuse on the girl child are perpetrated by close relatives, friends and acquaintances of the child, I will be vigilant towards realizing the right to protection of all children and promise to strongly voice issues that are silenced or ignored by not considering them a taboo.
- I will not participate in any marriage ceremonies or rituals in which a girl under the age of 18 years or a boy under the age of 21 years is getting married.
- I will respect and realize every girl child’s right to food & nutrition.
I demand action
- I demand that the Ministry of Women & Child Development take immediate action to stop female foeticide through effective enforcement of law & take severe legal action against offenders.
- I demand that the Ministry of Women & Child Development set up autonomous law enforcement agencies to work against traffickers and exploiters with appropriate redressal mechanisms and assistance programs for the affected child.
- I demand that the Ministry of Women & Child Development provide easy access to schools and create a safe environment, so that girls also readily attend school.
- I demand that the Ministry of Women & Child Development pass a separate legal act against Child Sexual Abuse.
- I demand that the Ministry of Women & Child Development create intensive awareness about the ill effects of Child Marriage among people and abolish it completely.
- I demand that the Government make it a priority to investigate malnutrition deaths and ensure policies and programs are put in place to prevent malnutrition deaths among children, especially girls.
Quite reasonable isn’t it, pledge it here then. 🙂