Random Thoughts on National Girl Child Day

National Girl Child Day
National Girl Child Day

Do you ever think life is too hard? Do you ever feel like you’re the unluckiest person on the planet and that fate has been unkind to you? If you ever feel helpless and think that you have the worst life possible, imagine yourself living in a tiny, dark hut in a poor, remote Indian village with no electricity, let alone a working internet connection. You’ve never been fed a proper meal, never been to school so you can’t read or write, never had the chance to know anything or anyone and the worst part is you never will because you’re about to be killed by someone. You can’t fight back, you can’t scream because you don’t even know you’re in danger. And even if you could scream nobody is coming to help because the ones who are going to kill you are your own parents and you are a newborn girl child.

Yes, it’s 2018, and yes, times are changing for the better for women, but female infanticide and a general bias against the girl child still remains a reality in many places across rural India. Despite constant efforts by the government, such as observance of National Girl Child day on the 24th of January, and the progressive part of society to enlighten the ignorant and empower the women in our country, there still exists some disparity between the perceived importance, contribution and value of men and women favouring the male gender. This bias also exists among the educated and the youth, which are considered to be groups that(rightfully) least identify with gender bias.

Someone great once said something along the lines of ‘Be the change you wish to see in the world.’ So, as our contribution towards gender equality, the least we can do as individuals is to change our perspective regarding gender. We should accept that although as men and women we are different, have different abilities and different challenges, we all deserve to be treated equally. No one is more or less important than the other. Everyone deserves equal opportunities to live the life they desire, and women are no exception and hence every child, boy or girl deserves the right to live, learn and grow into whoever he or she wants to be.