Girls Count-Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Media Campaign: To address gender-biased sex selection and all forms of discrimination against women and girls.
Girls Count is engaged in a media campaign in various Beti Bachao Beti Padhao districts (BBBP) of six states namely Gujarat, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. The campaign is being carried out with a group of journalists and stringers from 13 local, regional and national newspapers in vernacular, Hindi and English languages.
The purpose of this campaign is to bring into public domain, raise awareness and sensitise journalists and seek their active engagement on the issues of declining child sex ratio and all forms of discrimination against women and girls in BBBP districts in particular.
The campaign is being carried out in collaboration with Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, Govt. of India, National Foundation for India (NFI), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and UN Women.
The districts where the campaign is being carried out include:
- Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar and Surat in Gujarat
- Chandigarh, Mahendragarh and Rewari in Haryana
- Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh
- Amritsar, Chandigarh, Gurdaspur and Tarn Taran in Punjab
- Dholpur, Jaipur, Jhunjhunun and Sikar in Rajsthan
- Jhansi, Lucknow and Muzzafarnagar in Uttar Pradesh
- Arun Sharma, Jaipur, Rajasthan Patrika
- Brajmohan Sharma, Jhunjhunun, Rajasthan Patrika
- Brijmohan Acharaaya, Jhunjhunun, Rajasthan Patrika
- Jitesh Rawal, Sirohi, Rajasthan Patrika
- Jogender Sharma, Sikar, Rajasthan Patrika
- Meelan Sharma, Dungarpur, Rajasthan Patrika
- Puneet Upadhyay, Rajasthan Patrika
- Ratan Davey, Barmer, Rajasthan Patrika
- Santosh Kr. Pandey, Dholpur, Rajasthan Patrika
- Varun Bhatt, Rajasthan Patrika
Progress So Far
Girls Count has now completed six months of its ten month-long media campaign being run across six states in India. A total of 230 stories have so far been reported on diverse issues relating to gender-biased sex selection, different forms of discrimination against women and girls. It also captures various interventions and events around gender through regular features and stories in the newspapers.
The articles under the media campaign were also presented as a dossier to Smt. Maneka Gandhi, Union Minister, Women and Child Development, Government of India during the launch of 'Additional Districts under BBBP' held on April 19, 2016 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. The compilation of the newspaper stories were also shared with the District Collectors from the BBBP districts.
To view the articles of the journalists representing various local, regional and national newspapers, please click on the name.
DISCLAIMER:Girls Count doesn't support usage of terminologies such as killing, abortion and other similar terms while addressing gender biased sex selection as appearing in some of the news clippings. The terminology were later changed at the desk level as informed by the journalists.