New Delhi: On International Girl Child Day 2021, Bollywood actor Ayushmann Khurrana, who has been appointed as UNICEF’s Celebrity Advocate for their global campaign Ending Violence Against Children (EVAC), said that “discrimination and violence against girls is unacceptable. and holds us back as a developed and caring society.”
Ayushmann, who aims to bring about a constructive, positive change in society with his progressive, conversation-starting films, said, “As a UNICEF celebrity advocate towards ending violence against children, I firmly believe that Discrimination and violence against girls is unacceptable and holds us back. A developed and caring society. COVID-19 has added to the challenges girls face.”
“Due to limited access to mobile or the Internet, girls have faced restrictions in access to distance education and access to the same health, nutritional and social needs as boys in their families,” he said.
He further added, “Also, the lockdown to prevent COVID has led to an increase in the incidence of gender-based violence. The latest data from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) shows that child marriages have increased by up to 50 per cent during the pandemic. happened.”
On International Day of the Girl Child, Ayushmann said that there is a need to draw attention to the many challenges and discrimination girls face.
He further added, “Promoting the empowerment of girls and ensuring their human rights. We need to give priority to the education of girls, to treat their rights as equal to that of boys, to provide them skills and livelihood opportunities and to remove the patriarchal mindset. There is a need to connect with boys and men.” “
Ayushmann also highlighted his goal positions as an EVAC advocate in India to educate people about the needs of the girl child.
She said, “My aim is to start a powerful conversation that helps us all understand the challenges that girls continue to live with and grow today, and how we can all play our part in changing that. There are simple ways we can all start to make a difference.”
Ayushmann explained, “The first step is towards making ourselves aware of our actions within our families. Can we become aware of the small ways in which girls are discriminated against at home, such as Eating after one’s brothers, not allowing play outside, denied/restricted access to phone and internet, different curfew times for girls and boys are some that come to mind. Eliminating these practices, one at a time A family will change how we value and respect girls.”
He further added, “Secondly, now that schools have started to reopen safely, it is important that all parents send their children back to school, including girls, while ensuring COVID protocols. Girls who finish school are less likely to marry at an early age. Education and skills should contribute to making girls firmer in the decisions that shape their lives.”
The ‘Vicky Donor’ actor shared that this leads to better outcomes for children, both girls and boys, and creates a social environment where they can better achieve their full potential.
He said, “The lack of value on girls’ education leads to a high incidence of child marriages, perpetuating an inter-generational cycle of violence, poverty and malaise. Even though India has made efforts to reduce the incidence of child marriages, have made significant gains in the direction, one in three child brides still live in India. Lastly and importantly, as parents, friends, peers we need to promote positive gender practices and norms and a culture of violence Boys and men must join together to end this.”
‘Digital Generation. This year ‘Our Generation’ is the theme of International Day of the Girl Child, which is celebrated every year on 11 October. Various government and non-governmental organizations globally will host virtual seminars and presentations on this day. People can participate by posting stories, videos and blogs.
The day is observed to encourage gender equality influences from the global community. Happy International Girl Child Day 2021 to all!