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About Girls Count
Girls Count is a national coalition of over 400 civil organisations across India. Girls Count members and the Secretariat are converging efforts to draw attention to the problem of declining child sex ratio. We aim to influence policy, amplify advocacy and establish accountability through dialogue, capacity development, support for community action, and evidence generation as we work together to end the decline in CSR and enhance the value of women and girls.
To arrest the decline in the number of girls; and develop positive attitudes, policies and practices with regard to them.
To build a gender just society where girls and boys, women and men are equally valued and have equal chances to a life of dignity.
- To bring together stakeholders from diverse fields to collectively fight against declining child sex ratio and create an enabling environment for women and girls by challenging deep-rooted patriarchy.
- To raise the accountability of the state machinery to implement all gender related laws and policies in the country.
- An inclusive space with certain non-negotiable.
- A platform approach - openness to different ideas.
- Move towards building alliances and networks.
- Reach out to new actors leading to expansion.
- Decentralization as core value of the coalition.
- Adapt a multilayered and multipronged strategy.
- Willingness to work under the leadership of others and adding our voice to existing campaigns.
- Confront and engage.
- Build partnerships with government.
- No compromise on the sexual and reproductive rights of women.
- No compromise on safe and legal abortion.
- No interaction that deepens and reinforces patriarchy directly or indirectly.
- No use of terminologies that comprise women’s access to safe and legal abortion.
- Exercising caution in working with religious and spiritual leaders.
Using a comprehensive, multi-layered and multi-pronged approach, the initiative has four key objectives:
- Challenge patriarchy and its manifestations in government policies, programmes and schemes to ensure equal opportunities for women and girls.
- Ensure effective and accountable implementation of the PCPNDT Act.
- Ensure that declining child sex ratio is a critical agenda of the public domain through proactive engagement with influential social and political formations, and
- Strengthen and build coalitions with civil society networks and alliances.
The strategy will vary from place to place, to address location specific issues. It is dynamic and open to being reshaped based on the responses that emerge from the ground.
The key strategies include:
- Discussions and meetings: Face to face and online forums.
- Media outreach.
- Public and policy advocacy.
- Bilateral dialogue and consultations, and