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Campaign to empower girl child intensified

By Our Staff Reporter

VIJAYAWADA, JAN. 28. "For progress of the State I will conduct myself like a responsible girl and contribute my mite by observing all precautions needed on my part. I will take care of my health and food habits, will not work as a child labourer and study at least till Class X. Will not marry before completing 21 years of age, will not marry a person who demands dowry, will not fall prey to bad habits..." and son on.

The dos and don'ts were some of the contents of the oath administered to a gathering of girls in their adolescence. As part of its campaign on girl child development, the State Government has asked the Project Directors of the District Women and Child Development Agencies (DW&CDA) to organise a series of programmes like seminars, workshops, health camps, film shows, cultural activities, rallies and sports competitions to make them aware of their rights and responsibilities.

Problem areas

Child trafficking, early marriage, dowry, deprivation of balanced diet and domestic violence were some of the issues discussed threadbare at a workshop on `Adolescent Girl Empowerment Programme' conducted here on Friday by the Krishna District Women and Child Development Agency. The Project Director, K. Suhasini, emphasised the need for a girl child to stop feeling inferior to her male sibling. "The discrimination begins at home where the mother, despite being a woman herself, displays favouritism at every step," she lamented advising them to build self-esteem so as to counter such situations in a confident way.

Focus on education

The convenor of the Women's Legal Cell and a member of Legal Services Authority, Krishna District, G. Jyotsna, urged girls to educate themselves by staying connected to the world. "You must keep yourself abreast of the happenings around and learn the art of exploring your innate talent. Self-assertion is necessary to protect one's self respect," she underlined.

The Food and Nutrition Board's demonstration officer, Umamaheswara Rao, listed out essential ingredients that should comprise a daily diet of an adolescent girl.

The workshop was followed by group discussions which focussed on issues like school dropouts, child labour, anemia and other health problems, early marriage, girl trafficking and laws to protect women.

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