Let Girls Be Born

An area of concern in India is the dismal child sex ratio of 918 females per 1,000 males as revealed by the Census 2011 data. Gender biased sex selection is a discriminatory practice that is a result of a complex web of factors: deep-seated patriarchal mind-set that lead families to value sons over daughters, the need for small families, but with sons, and commercialisation and misuse of medical technology that enables illegal sex selection.

Plan India with the support of European Commission is continuing its efforts to address the pre and post birth discrimination against girls through the Girls Aspiration for Rights and Values (GARV) project.

The project aims to combat discrimination to empower the community to eliminate sex determination and sex selection to guarantee a life of dignity for girls.

Key Achievements

  • 2,924 Peer Educators have been trained on social impact of female foeticide
  • 4,463 community meetings organised across intervention areas
  • 1,396 Anganwadi Workers, Accredited Social Health Activists and Auxiliary Nurse Midwives trained on gender discrimination and integration of the issue in their regular curriculum
  • 180 Village Health Sanitation and Nutrition Committees have been strengthened and functioning as per the government norms
  • 36 Panchayat Level Child Protection Committees strengthened in 3 states
  • 419 girls have directly accessed schemes related to the welfare of girls, both state as well as national
  • 500 judges from district courts have been oriented on the provisions of the Pre Natal Pre Conception and Diagnostic Techniques, Act, 1994
  • 18 district level inter convergence meetings facilitated for survival of girls aligned with Beti Bachao Beti Padhao
  • 1,608 females born in the intervention areas, 933 received birth certification