Thursday, October 07, 2004

CRY: Are little girls different?

Shy. Pert. Naughty. Bright. Cute. All words we use to describe little girls. The same words we use to describe little boys. Then why do we treat little girls so differently? Consider the 4 basic rights (survival, development, protection, participation) guaranteed to all children by the United Nations Convention on Rights of the Child. India has ratified this treaty, yet girl children continue to be aborted at birth or killed soon after, just for being girls. Even if they escape infanticide or foeticide, girl children are less likely to receive immunisation, nutrition, education or medical treatment than their brothers. The first round of Census 2001 figures, just released, reveal that the child sex ratio has worsened since 1991, from 1005 females for every 1000 males, to 933. The figure is even less for the age group 0 to 6 years: 927:1000.

Against this backdrop, it is with the interest and involvement of people like you, that CRY is able to support NGOs like Rachana and Jabala, working for the well being of the girl child. September 24 was Girl Child Day and we urge you to support the girl child, become an active champion for her.

In faith and goodwill
The CRY Team


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