ADF India's Vanishing Girls Campaign and the Girls Count Coalition organized a national consultation on India's Vanishing Girls: Revisiting Civil Society Response Against Sex Selection. This consultation held on 2nd of May, 2019 (9.30 am-5.00 pm) at Seminar Room No. 1, 2 & 3, Kamladevi Complex, India International Centre (IIC), New Delhi. We brought together domain experts, representatives of civil society organizations and activists from across the country. The objective of this consultation was to discuss and deliberate on the gaps and effective ways of creating a better and more accountable implementation of the PCPNDT Act with the goal of improving the child sex ratio of our country. The consultation also aimed at understanding the efficacy of the efforts made by the civil society groups to address the issue of declining child sex ratio after the release of Census 2011, and plan our next course of action.
Girls Count a coalition of civil society organizations organized a reflective meeting on Non-Traditional Skills and Livelihoods which was scheduled on Tuesday, 12th March 2019 (10.00 am-2.00 pm) at Private Dining Hall, India International Centre (IIC-Main), New Delhi. The objective of this meeting was, together with a group of 30 coalition members, implementing NGOs, representatives of wider civil society groups as well as domain experts who work on livelihoods, gender justice and declining child sex ratio would like to review our strategies, and reflect on scope and opportunities around the Non-Traditional Skills and Livelihoods for women & girls. We also reflected on how coalition like us can collaborate with the existing networks and groups, and influence government policy through ground level intervention.
Girls Count Coalition on Declining Child Sex Ratio and Pratigya Campaign for Gender Equality and Safe Abortion organised a joint consultation on 12th December 2019 at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi to deliberate on the conflation between the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971 and the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act, 1994. The joint consultation was held in the midst of concerns arising out of skewed sex ratio at birth and poor access to safe and legal abortion in the country. It aimed to clarify the two laws and the prevalent confusion between the two issues.
State Level Training on Standard Operating Guidelines and Code of Conduct under the PCPNDT Act, July 2019
The Directorate of Family Welfare, Govt. of NCT of Delhi in collaboration with ADF India's Vanishing Girls Campaign and the Girls Count Coalition organized a state level training on the ‘Standard Operating Guidelines’ for the District Appropriate Authorities under the PCPNDT Act on 26th July 2019 at the India International Centre, New Delhi. The training was part of our constant effort to strengthen the implementation of the PCPNDT Act in Delhi NCR. The training aimed at developing the technical capacity of the law enforcers under the framework of ‘Standard Operating Guidelines’ and the ‘Code of Conduct’, and strengthen the response to gender-biased sex selection. The training was inaugurated by the Chef Guest Shri. Satyendar Jain, Hon’ble Health Minister, Govt. of NCT of Delhi. Participants at the day-long training included Deputy Commissioners, Sub Divisional Magistrates, District Nodal Officers, Chief District Medical Officers, Medical Officers and the representatives from the State PCPNDT Cell. Domain experts from social and legal fields were invited as trainers.