September 9, 2020
Celebrating GIRLS for LIFE #IDG2020

A joint campaign in honour of the Girl Child October 11 has been celebrated as the International Day of the Girl every year since 2012, to highlight the challenges that girls face and strengthen the efforts to empower girls. This year, several organizations that work across India to empower the girl child are joining hands […]

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August 14, 2020
True Independence for Girls in India

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) recently released the State of the World Population 2020 report which drew attention to 19 forms of human rights violation against women and girls, one of which is son-preference resulting in sex selection. According to the report, one in three girls missing globally due to gender-biased sex selection is […]

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July 15, 2020
TOGETHER AGAIN: A Mother & Daughter Reunited

July 15, 2020 Unbridled tears of joy accompanied the reunion of Payal and her daughter Jaya (names changed) after 9 months of painful separation. In February 2020, we had shared the story of this indomitable young mother who would stop at nothing to protect her three daughters. Her husband and his family had tortured her […]

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June 10, 2020
A Country Without Balance — What the Trend of Declining Child Sex Ratio Could Mean for India in 2031

In this issue, we explore what India could look like in 2031 if we fail to protect the lives of unborn girls.   A widespread preference for sons, combined with easy access to illegal sex-selective abortions, has led to a significant imbalance in the ratio of boys to girls born in India. According to the latest […]

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May 18, 2020
Webinar On Increasing Violence Against Women And Children During Lockdown

To address the 'Increasing Violence against Women and Children during Lockdown', ADF India's Vanishing Girls Campaign is presenting a Legal Response webinar featuring Ms. Aparna Bhat, Advocate on Record, Supreme Court of India. Wednesday, May 20, 20204:00 - 5:00 pmFollowed by half an hour of Q&A

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May 18, 2020
Signature Campaign To Demand The Immediate Reinstatement Of PCPNDT Rules

In response to the the sudden and inexplicable suspension of Rule 8, Rule 9(8) and Rule 18A (6) of the PCPNDT (Prohibition of Sex Selection) Rules, 1996 on April 4, 2020, ADF India's Vanishing Girls Campaign launched an oline petition seeking the reinstatement of the suspended rules. Close to 1200 petitioners signed the campaign to save vanishing […]

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April 22, 2020
Lockdown Breakthrough Challenge

It is deeply saddening that at the time of writing this message, thousands of lives have been lost to COVID-19. Extraordinary measures are being taken to protect human life and the most vulnerable.   While our thoughts and efforts are focused on battling the present crisis, we must also consider how we can protect the lives […]

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February 26, 2020
THE COURAGE OF A YOUNG MOTHER

On a cold November evening in 2019, we were left in shock by a phone call from Payal*, a young mother from Haryana. Married in 2012, Payal had endured years of unfathomable pain and brutality. After marriage, she had lived with her in-laws and was made to do all the household work for the entire […]

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January 28, 2020
Empowering her to live

Watch the #DaughtersCan video here The National Girl Child Day is celebrated every year in India on January 24. This was introduced by the Government of India’s Ministry of Women and Child Development in 2008 to spread awareness about all the inequalities that girls face. In India, gender inequality finds its most heinous expression in […]

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November 25, 2019
Inheritance Rights of women: Are we there yet?

Towards the latter part of this year, I met with some inspiring women during my visit to a rather quiet and serene village in the district of Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan. These women have been working as the ASHA workers – Accredited Social Health Activists in their village for as long as almost a decade now. Some […]

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Vanishing Girls is a campaign initiated by ADF India to raise awareness against the practise of sex-selective abortions and to advocate for effective implementation of the Pre-Conception Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex Selection) Act, 1994.
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