This International day of the Girl child let’s look how India can make policies and schemes effective for girl children.
New Delhi, October 11, 2016: With a population of 225 million, girls account for 48% of India’s children. Yet, a girl in India continues to faces discrimination from the womb. In order to tackle the underlying gender inequality that holds girls back, India has to re strategize and undertake focused investment for its girl children. To analyze progress and revisit strategies to plan change, data forms the basis of intervention. In India, however, this planning is not as effective since data for many critical indicators is not available and for most indicators it is available at a gap of 8 to 10 years.
Investing in research is thus a critical area and requires India to fill up many gaps. The existing data on girl children is limited and intermittently available and does not allow for a focused and longitudinal assessment of the changing situation of the girls in our country.
There exist gaps in knowledge relating to almost all the different facets of lives of girls in India.
The biggest gaps remain not in data itself but in the way the data is collected which remains uni-dimensional and doesn’t allow the policy-maker, the civil society and the country at large to get a picture of the complex inter-linked vulnerabilities faced by girls in our country. Komal Ganotra, Director, Policy, Research and Advocacy, CRY – Child Rights and You adds, “These existing gaps in data on girls and young women, lack of systematic analysis and limited use of existing data significantly limit our ability to get a clear picture. Tracking of such critical and girl focused, girl relevant data would ensure programs, policies and services to effectively respond to the specific needs for girls. Real progress towards greater accountability in domains of critical importance to girls is not possible, unless investments in programs for girls are complemented with corresponding investments in data.”
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