Saving India’s Girl Child

Saving India’s Girl Child.

Tremendous Mobilizations for “BetiBachaoBetiPadhao”

The Ministry of Women & Child Development (MWCD) appointed CSR as the nodal agency behind implementing the BetiBachaoBetiPadhao (BBBP) programme in five districts of Haryana: Ambala, Kurukshetra, Jhajjar, Mahendragarh and Gurugram.

Essentially the work that we do aims to address the daughter aversion and sex selection issues existing in the society. Our efforts are aimed towards achieving gender equality by sensitizing communities towards the negative consequences of sex selection and the importance of the girl child. With this in mind, we have established Community Watch Groups (CWG’s) or ChetnaMandalies. These are setups for capacity building, and awarenessraising.

The CWG’s are responsible for disseminating information regarding BBBP, financial incentives for girl child, PC/PNDT Act, as well as encouraging the community members to enroll their girls in higher educationand other skill based education etc.

In January, our team visited Ambala, to further establish 2 CWG’s, and ended up mobilizing approximately 200 interested individuals.Following this success, our team visited Mahendargarh, in March to establish 3 CWG’s, and was further amazed by the numbers – mobilizing approximately 300 individuals. In April we found ourselves in Jhajjar, Kurukshetra, and Ambalato, where we established 9 CWG’s, engaging 1000 individuals!

Each of the villages in these districts that we engage withhave incredibly low Child Sex Ratios (CSR). In Ambala, for example, we engaged with two villages – Bazidpurvillage from Saha block, where the CSR is 200 girls per 1000 boys; Rawalon villages from Ambala Rural-1; has a CSR of 167 girls for 1000 boys.

The number of mobilizations that we have seen for “BetiBachaoBetiPadhao” has been absolutely incredible, across all of our villages, and districts. We are so excited to see these numbers, emblematic of a powerful and positive shift in our society!

In the month of January the team was in the district of Ambala to establish 2 Community Watch Groups and mobilized approximately 200 individuals:

  • Bazidpur village from Saha block; the village has a low Child Sex Ratio (CSR) of 200 girls for 1000 boys
  • Rawalon villages from Ambala Rural-1; Rawalon has a CSR of 167 girls for 1000 boys.

In the month of March the team was in the district of Mahendragarh to establish 3 Community Watch Groups and mobilized approximately 300 individuals:

  • Kalwadi village from Kanina block; the village has a low Child Sex Ratio (CSR) of 335 girls for 1000 boys
  • Badopur village from Narnaul Rural block; the village has a low Child Sex Ratio (CSR) of 476 girls for 1000 boys
  • Nangli village from NangalChoudhary block; the village has a low Child Sex Ratio (CSR) of 500 girls for 1000 boys.The team also organized for a NukkadNatak/ Street Play here.

In the month of April the team was in the district of Jhajjar, Kurukshetra and Ambala to establish 9 Community Watch Groups and mobilized approximately 1000 individuals:

  • Dighal village from Beri block of Jhajjar district; the village has a low Child Sex Ratio (CSR) of 770 girls for 1000 boys. The team also organized for a NukkadNatak/ Street Play here.
  • Khudan village from Salahwas Rural block of Jhajjar district; the village has a low Child Sex Ratio (CSR) of 500 girls for 1000 boys. The team also organized for a NukkadNatak/ Street Play here.
  • Bhindawas village from Mantanhail block of Jhajjar district; the village has a low Child Sex Ratio (CSR) of 562 girls for 1000 boys
  • Nakhrojpur village from Babain block of Kurukshetra district; the village has a low Child Sex Ratio (CSR) of 333 girls for 1000 boys.
  • Sulakhani village from Shahabad Rural block of Kurukshetra district; the village has a low Child Sex Ratio (CSR) of 333 girls for 1000 boys. The team also organized for a NukkadNatak/ Street Play here.
  • Padlu village from Shahabad block of Kurukshetra district; the village has a low Child Sex Ratio (CSR) of 400 girls for 1000 boys. The team also organized for a NukkadNatak/ Street Play here.
  • Panjokhera village from Ambala Rural-2 block of Ambala district; the village has a low Child Sex Ratio (CSR) of 727 girls for 1000 boys.
  • KalalMajri village from Shazadpur block of Ambala district; the village previously had a low Child Sex Ratio (CSR) of 200 girls for 1000 boys. However, at present the village has drastically improved its CSR to 3000 girls per 1000 boys. The team also organized for a NukkadNatak/ Street Play here.
  • Hussaini village from Naraingarh block of Ambala district; the village has a low Child Sex Ratio (CSR) of 333 girls for 1000 boys. The team also organized for a NukkadNatak/ Street Play here.