IMPLEMENTATION OF LAW
Girls Count is working on different report cards under the PCPNDT Act that will be assessing the statutory mechanisms, monitoring and inspection, self-regulation by ultrasound centres, status of court complaints and the role of state medical councils in discoursing medical malpractice. The key objective of this initiative is to help the states identify gaps in the implementation and mobilize them to take cognizance of the facts and give directions to the concerned authorities to take appropriate measures to ensure effective implementation of the law. The report card on first indicator "Current Structure and Status of Statutory Mechanisms" was released in August 2014 in Delhi with a view to ensure that all statutory mechanisms are put in place, and made functional and effective in accordance with the law. We also aim to raise accountability of the manufacturers under the PCPNDT Act and highlight their role and compliance within PCPNDT for proactive cooperation.
Girls Count through its programme aims to address all aspects of the declining child sex ratio and build its linkages with other structural and thematic issues. The coalition further intends to create an open and common platform to broaden the ambit of the discourse and include new voices from diverse fields.
Girls Count aims to challenge patriarchy by ensuring women's access to equal citizenship rights and its manifestations in government policies and schemes. We are focusing on the state's role in ensuring effective implementation of existing laws for women's right to housing and thereby ensure women's access, control and ownership. The process for mobilizing groups working on inheritance, land and property rights has been started. The coalition also intends to identify and highlight the patriarchal elements of the government schemes, programs, policies and laws; and revising them through public advocacy and media campaigning. Girls Count is also strengthening the existing campaigns and initiatives for safety and security of women by adding its voice and energies with them.