International Day of the Girl Child 2012 – KHPT celebrates

08 November 2012
Alexandra Hyde

STRIVE partner in India, KHPT last month marked the first ever international day of the girl child with events at its Bangalore head office and district project offices in Bijapur and Bagalkot. 

The international day of the girl child, to be celebrated on 11 October every year, was initiated by the UN, in order to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world. The theme for this inaugural year was ending child marriage.

Many of KHPT’s stakeholders from NGOs, CBOs and district government attended the celebrations alongside over 200 adolescent girls across both districts.

In Bagalkot, the celebrations included games, competitions, speeches and short performances about the girls’ lives in a rural area. In Bijapur, KHPT held a debate on the importance of girl child education and the girls performed their own interpretation of issues such as discrimination faced by girls at home, the consequences of missing school and the benefits of education. Books and stationery were distributed among the girls in recognition of their achievements.

Back in the Bangalore office, staff working on different projects marked the day with a briefing about the work KHPT is doing on adolescent girls as part of STRIVE.  There was a screening of a talk on the cause of the girl child by Nobel peace prize winner Leymah Gobwee, followed by a discussion of KHPT’s different experiences working on projects with adolescents over the years.