National Girl Child Day in Bangladesh
The future of Bangladesh resides in the future of its girls.
For as long as girls are treated as inferior and less valuable than boys, high levels of malnutrition will persist and Bangladesh will suffer impaired economic growth. National Girl Child Day is a national strategy that seeks to improve the status of and end discrimination against girls in Bangladeshi society.
Since 2000, Bangladesh has celebrated National Girl Child Day each September 30. It has been chosen as one day of the annual Children’s Rights Week. Actions are organized at both the national and local levels. In 2012, the United Nations officially designated October 11 as the first International Day of the Girl.
A unified campaign. The Hunger Project is working with a broad network of government ministries, NGOs, women’s organizations, schools, colleges and the media to raise awareness across the nation to the critical importance of providing better health, education and nutrition to girls as an investment for the future of the country. This network, called the National Girl Child Advocacy Forum, unites more than 500 organizations under this cause.
Rallies and marches. In Dhaka, as well as in remote rural areas, organizations rally their constituencies to hold teach-ins and marches in support of National Girl Child Day.
Media coverage. National Girl Child day generates powerful media coverage in newspapers and on television and radio, educating the public on the critical importance of this issue.
A crucial element of the National Girl Day Strategy is to fully involve Bangladesh’s rural population, the vast majority of the country’s people.
Local-level celebrations. Observations of National Girl Child Day are organized with people’s associations, NGOs, and local government so that all people in the nation have the opportunity to participate.
A celebration at every school. In 2013 for the first time, the Government of Bangladesh instructed every school to observe National Girl Child Day, supporting a celebration at every educational institution throughout Bangladesh.
Visionary youth. National Girl Child Day essay and art contests are held in schools across the country. Both boys and girls win prizes for writing about the importance of better health and education for girls in Bangladeshi society.