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 Obama Foundation 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 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 a aspirant for Amitabh Bachchan starrer Kaun Banega Crorepati, devoid of 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 makes us an egoistic and dumb. Does it creates and develops the power of discretion. A flat No. On the contrary it kills the discretion which is proved devastating most often used in wrong direction.
Whether in India our girls are discriminated, yes in a fraction of society. Let us search some History. Till 3rd century AD the girls were given proper education at par with boys. History is replete with examples of Gargi, Maitrey. In fact Vidyottma debated with Kalidasa. The wife of Mandan Mishra debated with Adi Guru Shankracharya even in 8th Century AD. She had full freedom to ask question which was not possible without a proper education. She asked questions on sex which could not be replied 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 arrivals of Muslims in India in 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 were 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 nose dive. In turn veil system was made compulsory in Hindu families.
The norms of education for girls was to educate them fully but were told them the duties of wife and mother. Here a question rises up from western minds that Home duties with their families is suppression and torture of women. In Indian families the concept of families was always in 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 result was, the concept of society collapsed with results of horrendous proportion- Depression, rapes, suicides, homicides with free supply alcohol and drugs.
The discrimination not only continued in education but also in terms of nutrition, where girl children were fed with inferior foods in comparison to boys. The expectation was that Boys shall look after their parents in old age therefore better food and education. The other reason which is inbuilt Hindu belief system that only sons shall carry the name forwards and not girls. Here the best points of Hinduism were forgotten conveniently by design that if a man is not having son or issue less, his younger brother shall do the last rites. But what is the ideal choice to spread the Hinduism and a social message to treat daughters and sons equally in terms of food, health and education.
What is the empowerment of a girl child. This empowerment can be in terms of education, foods, health and career which should a value based. The discussions of empowerment have limited to Seminars, conferences and over a glass of whisky in evening dinner where values are debated. Can we expect anything from these discussions? The empowerment shall bring result when associated with value system as per Indian conditions.
The violence against girls are to be seen from general perspective in the sense that violence in general is increasing which is again result of increasing entropy of society- General hatred quotient which is unfulfilled desire of material consumption largely in a valueless society. It is simply not possible to contain the violence against girl child in such society in which consumer is a God and to lead a consumptive life has gained status power.
On the day of Girl i.e. 11st Oct, we simply read and forget even without any commitment to ourselves for protection of girl child. In Indian Scenario, twice a year we celebrate Navratris we worship Goddess Durga for nine days each and feed and respect the girls. The down side of this practice is to worship girl power without attaching any values to it. This Girl day is totally western concept, where prostitute is a legal profession, prostitutes are displayed in live and nude in a glass cases. What we need in India the Navratri should be full year celebration to empower our daughters with equal opportunities in food, medical, education, and cloths and make them fully value based responsibility centre to play a vital role in Indian Society.