Celebrating Girl Children in Bangladesh
National Girl Child Day
The future of Bangladesh resides in the future of its girls. As long as girls are treated as inferior and less valuable than boys, malnutrition will remain high and Bangladesh will suffer impaired economic growth. National Girl Child Day is a national strategy that seeks to improve the status of and end discrimination against girls in Bangladeshi society.
Since 2000, Bangladesh has celebrated National Girl Child Day each September 30. It has been chosen as one day of the annual Children's Rights Week. Actions are organised at both the national and local levels.
A unified campaign. The Hunger Project is working with a broad network of government ministries, NGOs, women's organisations, schools, colleges and the media to awaken people across the nation to the critical importance of providing better health, education and nutrition to girls as the highest leverage investment for the future of the country. This network, called the National Girl Child Advocacy Forum, joins more than 300 organizations.
Rallies and marches. In Dhaka, as well as in remote rural areas, organizations rally their constituency to hold teach-ins and marches in support of National Girl Child Day.
Media coverage. National Girl Child day generates powerful media coverage in newspapers and on the television and radio, educating the public on the critical importance of this issue.
A crucial element of the National Girl Day Strategy is to fully involve Bangladesh's rural population, the vast majority of the country's people.
Local-level celebrations of National Girl Child Day are organized with people's associations, NGOs, and local government so that all people in the nation have the opportunity to participate.
National Girl Child Day essay and art contests are held in schools across the country. Both boys and girls win prizes for writing about the importance of better health and education for girls in Bangladeshi society.
Hunger Project volunteers take a leadership role to ensure that the National Girl Child Day celebrations reach out to villagers in every district of the country.