The genesis of this Coalition lies in a dialogue process initiated by the National Foundation for India (NFI) in close collaboration with UNFPA and in partnership with a range of stakeholders in April 2012, to respond to the plunging Declining Child Sex Ratio (DCSR). They collectively examined the various strategies and interventions that had been undertaken in the past, in order to see where the challenges were and what more needed to be done to arrest this dramatic slide.
As part of the dialogue, five regional consultations were organized in the country with over 200 representatives from various organizations participating. These sought to identify active networks, campaigns, organizations and include their standpoints and strategic positioning on the issue in the larger initiative. The outcomes were presented before a group of experts working on gender, women and girl child issues. Based on their inputs a clear road map on DCSR was collectively prepared in partnership with these country-wide civil society organisations.
These deliberations gradually culminated into this comprehensive nation-wide civil society initiative called Girls Count. In June 2013, civil society representatives from different parts of the country met in New Delhi to deliberate and launch this initiative. For further details, please read the report of the National Consultation on Declining Child Sex Ratio.