Today, the 11th Oct is being celebrated as “Dayofthegirl” on the horizon of World to be defined as International Dayofthegirl. Nowadays in the world of social media, where everything is claimed to be a trending, this concept of Dayofthegirl also caught the attention of followers of this trending on Twitter. As per prevailing situations, any trending on Twitter becomes fashionable and adorable. The writer gets adulations sort of God who is trying his best efforts to save the girl child. This is all ethereal and in air.
Soon ObamaFondation started and launched GlobalGirlsAlliance – a program to empower Adolescent Girls around the world through education. If you hit this link, it takes you the various thoughts of Michelle Obama, wife of Ex-President of USA, Obama.
A website was launched http://www.dayofthegirl.org/. October 11: Day of the Girl – United Nations vide Resolution No 66/170 declared 11 October as Day of the Girl and stated its objective as “Empowerment of and investment in girls are key in breaking the cycle of discrimination and violence and in promoting and protecting the full and effective enjoyment of their human rights”. Its mission is “to help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential.” It’s a day when activist groups come together under the same goal to highlight, discuss, and take action to advance rights and opportunities for girls everywhere.
Day of the Girl-US is the United States branch of this global movement. It is an 100% youth-led movement fighting for gender justice and youth rights. Our work to dismantle the patriarchy and fight for social justice is rooted in girl-led activism across the country, using October 11th as a day of national action. October 11 is not just a day; it’s a movement. It was projected as a worldwide revolution. Its wish list was to find girls everywhere, to be seen as equals, in the eyes of others and in our own eyes. It is a 100% youth-led movement fighting for gender justice and youth rights. Our work to dismantle patriarchy and fight for social justice is rooted in girl-led activism across the country, using October 11th as a day of national action. The people are outraged by the neglect and devaluation of female-identifying youth. They are committed to examining these issues within an intersectional framework, the inclusion of girls’ voices in the movement for social justice, and grassroots activism – and thus they advocate, educate, and organize. Day of the Girl-US is the United States arm of the global Day of the Girl movement, beginning in 2011.
Since We as Indians see always US as ultimate panacea for all solutions, a technological heaven and ultimate answer to all problems of this life and future lives. Therefore, this message of celebrating 11th Oct as UN Girl day arrived in India also with its own problems, solutions and all hallucinations. It is but natural to compare our position and that of Rest of the world (Which we always count as US equal to World).
The first parameter is education to the girls. What do we understand by a word education.? The ultimate test of any education system is whether it brings more information converting us to educated Robots or does it leads to a value system and brings us WISDOM. If we examine the present system of education in a confined definition of education, it is bringing us more information only creating a false sense of knowledge treating a child as a Memory card only fit to be an aspirant for Amitabh Bachchan starrer Kaun Banega Crorepati, devoid of the higher intellect of collection, collation of information and decision-making process based on values. This false sense of knowledge creates confusion killing the intellect and making us egoistic and dumb. Does it create and develop the power of discretion? A flat No. On the contrary, it kills the discretion which is proved devastating most often used in the wrong direction.
Whether in India our girls are discriminated against, yes in a fraction of society. Let us search for some History. Till the 3rd century AD, the girls were given proper education at par with boys. History is replete with examples of Gargi, Maitreya. In fact, Vidyottma debated with Kalidasa. The wife of Mandan Mishra debated with Adi Guru Shankracharya even in the 8th Century AD. She had full freedom to ask questions which was not possible without proper education. She asked questions on sex which could not be replied to by Adi Guru Shankracharya who was celibate. Even Girls were having full freedom to choose their husbands from strict criteria and of their own will. What had happened after that. The truth is that with the arrival of Muslims in India in the 7th century all this social pattern of openness as far as girl education is concerned evaporated. The reason was simple that Women and girls were treated as sex objects not only Hindu Girls but also Muslim girls, who have treated them simply a children producing machines and as an instrument of Jihad. Indian people stopped sending their daughters to schools and Gurukuls and gradually girl education took a nosedive. In turn, the veil system was made compulsory in Hindu families.
The norms of education for girls were to educate them fully but were told the duties of wife and mother. Here a question rises up from western minds that Home duties with their families are suppression and torture of women. In Indian families, the concept of families was always in an exalted position. The Woman Lib movement is a recent entry from west to India when the family shattered, values degraded, free sex was promoted and the result was, the concept of society collapsed with results of horrendous proportion- Depression, rapes, suicides, homicides with the free supply of alcohol and drugs.