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National Girl Child Day in Jeevan Jyothi Hospice, India

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20/10/2016

National girl child day was celebrated in Jeevan Jyothi Hospice on 24th September. Those who participated are the children affected by HIV/AIDS.

The focus of this program was to affirm the dignity of girl children by empowering them with the knowledge and skill to protect themselves from abuses and other oppressive practices.

The children learned to speak out on issues concerning their safety and protection.

Using different arts and crafts, they were able to highlight their rights, their dreams and their concerns. It was interesting to see their concern for earth and nature, for their health needs and importance of education.

In the evening they enjoyed learning awareness songs and folk dance. The space and the movement are two important aspect of women’s emancipation.

Because of cultural and religious reinforcement of dependency and restriction on the use of space by women, they hesitated to come forward, to move around and to speak out. This programme enabled them to widen their horizon and to take up the challenge even when they face the hard realities of illness, social discrimination and poverty.

The programme gave the girls opportunity to speak their views and clarify their doubts.

A representative from the department of Social Welfare spoke about her personal story of emancipation in which her father played an important role. Her personal witness motivated the girl children to have higher goals in life to overcome all kinds of blocks and hurdles.

The day ended with gifts for the children and music.

 

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