Kandhamal: More than 100 girls have taken pledge against child marriage and violence against them in Kandhamal district. They took this pledge in a programme organised to mark the International Day of the Girl Child here.
This initiative was organised by Save the Children in collaboration with SWATI here on October 11.
They also shared their views and highlighted issues involving girl children.
Rasmita Karan, District Child Protection Officer (CDPO) attended the programme as the chief guest and laid emphasis on proper care of girls.
The meeting discussed about the safety and measures to empower girls in school and villages.
“Self-protection education of girl can only protect them from any abuse. So, we have to be confident enough and unite. And it’s time for girls and women to feel empowered from inside and take a stand to claim their due rights,” said Rasmita Karan.
At the event, 11 girls were rewarded for their notable effort to stop child marriage and re-enrol adolescent girls for education
The United Nations in 2012 declared to observe the day as International Day of the Girl Child. The day aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls’ face, while promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights.