Every day in India, 7000 unborn foetuses are brutally "silenced" in the womb, just because they are girls! This unimaginable and unnatural atrocity against the unborn Girl Child continues in life and is based on the false belief that girls are a liability. It is important to counter this narrative and celebrate the inherent preciousness of girls.
To celebrate International Day of the Girl (11 October, 2021), ADF India’s Vanishing Girls campaign brought together 11 socially conscious and gifted artists from across India, with the purpose of creating art to save the Girl Child under the theme “#SHEmagine” – an endeavour to imagine a world where SHE — each and every Girl Child — is welcomed with joy and celebration, and enjoys the sanctity of life and all opportunities that come along with it equally!
We hosted an online art residency programme from Sep 14-23, where we explored how art can be employed to combat the social menace of sex-selective abortion. In the process, the 11 artists created intensely thought-provoking art that powerfully reinforces every girl’s right to LIFE (Love, Inheritance, Freedom and Equality).
The art curated from this programme will be on display on 11 October, 2021 at Multipurpose Hall, Kamladevi Complex, India International Centre, New Delhi, as a special tribute to the Girl Child. You may register for the exhibition here.