Her Canvas 2021 - Contest Winners

Her Canvas, a nationwide art competition that took place in January 2021, invited school students to paint, sketch or draw on the theme "Isn’t She Precious!" to celebrate the inherent worth of the girl child.

The art contest was part of a 40-day collaborative Vanishing Girls Campaign countering the false narrative that girls are a liability. It promoted the message that Daughters Deserve LIFE, where LIFE stands for Love, Inheritance, Freedom and Equality.

The Contest received over 1,800 entries, with 103 schools participating from 18 Indian states. Hundreds of children engaged on the topic and will grow up refusing to participate in social evils like sex-selective abortion.

Find the winning entries below:


Tejaswaani Kapoor, 15, Uttar Pradesh, captures the warm bond of love between a mother and her daughter.
Tanisha Shilen, 17, Rajasthan, urges every one to let the Girl Child be born into the world and like flowers be given the opportunity to bloom in her strength and unique beauty.
Purva Kumta, 15, from Maharashtra expresses, “My painting depicts the girl child as who she truly is, a work of art. We always celebrate great woman. But to be great, the girl child needs to be encouraged and empowered to excellence from an early age. My painting emphasizes on the need to create an atmosphere of love, peace and equality for the girl child.”
Gargi, 15, Delhi, has creatively depicted in vibrant colours the inherent worth of the Girl Child.
Pragnya Kabi, 8, Maharashtra, aptly captures the theme of our contest: Daughters Deserve LIFE - Love, Inheritance, Freedom, Equality!


Saisha Verma, 15, from Chhattisgarh says "Girl Child Day is the only day dedicated to the little angels of our families. This day allows us to admire the daughters, their contributions and the splendor they bring to our homes".
Akshaj Dhadwal, 14, Delhi, has an important message through his art - "If girls are given better opportunities they can do even better than they are already doing despite the challenges they face. We should help and support them. It is the most significant need in the world at present."

List of Schools that participated:

Total: 103 schools from 18 Indian states.

1Air Force Golden Jubilee InstituteDelhi
2Akshar Arbol, ChennaiTamil Nadu
3Amruta Vidyalayam, MumbaiMaharashtra
4Auxilium SchoolTelangana
5Bethany High School, SarjapurKarnataka
6Bharti Public SchoolDelhi
7Buxi Jagabandhu English Medium SchoolOdisha
8Cambridge, Kandivali EastMaharashtra
9Dav Public School, NehrulMaharashtra
10Delhi Public School, PanvelMaharashtra
11Divine Mercy High SchoolGoa
12Dr. R. K. S. Masters Matric Higher Secondary SchoolTamil Nadu
13Eve's High School, AlwalTelangana
14Fr. Agnel Co. Ed. Sr. Sec. School, BhopalMadhya Pradesh
15Fransalian School Of Excellence, AurangabadMaharashtra
16Good Samaritan School, JasolaDelhi
17Good Samaritan, BijnorUttar Pradesh
18Good Shepherd International AccademyMaharashtra
19Greenpark International School, NamakkalTamil Nadu
20Guru Nanak Higher Secondary SchoolJharkhand
21Gurukul Olympiad SchoolMaharashtra
22Happy Model SchoolDelhi
23Heritage SchoolUttar Pradesh
24Jankidevi Public SchoolRajasthan
25K R Mangalam World School, FaridabadHaryana
26Kanaidighi Deshapran VidyapithWest Bengal
27Kendriya Vidyalaya JanakpuriDelhi
28Lakshdham High SchoolMaharashtra
29Leah Jones High School, KrishnaAndhra Pradesh
31Little Flower High SchoolTelangana
32Mahoday Senior Public SchoolDelhi
33Mithibai CollegeMaharashtra
34Mount Carmel School, Anand NiketanDelhi
35Mount Carmel School, DwarkaDelhi
36Mount Zion AcademyTamil Nadu
37MVMSSS, Chetpet, ChennaiTamil Nadu
38New Era Public SchoolDelhi
39New Horizon Scholar SchoolMaharashtra
40Padma Seshadri Bala BhavanTamil Nadu
41Ramjas Public School Day Boarding DelhiDelhi
42Rosary Convent High SchoolTelengana
43Ryan At Joseph High SchoolMaharashtra
44Ryan Christian School, VashiMaharashtra
45Ryan Global School, KhargharMaharashtra
46Ryan Global School, KundalahalliKarnataka
47Ryan International School, AdajanGujarat
48Ryan International School, AmritsarPunjab
49Ryan International School, AryawartDelhi
50Ryan International School, BikanerRajasthan
51Ryan International School, BrookfieldKarnataka
52Ryan International School, ChemburMaharashtra
53Ryan International School, CochinKerala
54Ryan International School, DasnaUttar Pradesh
55Ryan International School, Dugri, LudhianaPunjab
56Ryan International School, EvershineMaharashtra
57Ryan International School, Goregaon EastMaharashtra
58Ryan International School, JaipurRajasthan
59Ryan International School, JalnaMaharashtra
60Ryan International School, MaladMaharashtra
61Ryan International School, MansarovarRajasthan
62Ryan International School, Mayur ViharDelhi
63Ryan International School, NoidaUttar Pradesh
64Ryan International School, Ozar , NasikMaharashtra
65Ryan International School, RohiniDelhi
66Ryan International School, SuratGujarat
67Ryan International School, Vasant KunjDelhi
68Ryan International, GhaziabadUttar Pradesh
69Sahoday Senior Secondary School, Hauz KhasDelhi
70Sahoday Senior Secondary School, Safdarjung EnclaveDelhi
71Saint Michael Senior Secondary SchoolDelhi
72San Academy Kamakoti Nagar ChennaiTamilnadu
73Sankara Vidya KandraTamil Nadu
74SBOA School And Junior CollegeTamil Nadu
75Sharada Mandir SchoolGoa
76Shri Shivaji Vidyalay BeedMaharashtra
77Skyline School Greater NoidaUttar Pradesh
78Somerville School, Greater NoidaUttar Pradesh
79Spring Valley SchoolKerala
80Sri Sankara Vidya KandraTamil Nadu
81St. Aloysius High School, Nalasopara EastMaharashtra
82St. Anns High School BolarumTelangana
83St. Augustine High School, Nerul, Navi MumbaiMaharashtra
84St. Claret SchoolWest Bengal
85St. Francis High School, Tidke Colony, NashikMaharastra
86St. Francis High School, Vasai WestMaharashtra
87St. Joseph High School, New PanvelMaharashtra
88St. Lawrence High School, VashiMaharashtra
89St. Mary's English High School, GeddalahalliKarnataka
90St. Mary's Senior Secondary School, Bahuakbarpur, RohtakHaryana
91St. Michael Junior School, Prasad NagarDelhi
92St. Michael Senior Secondary School, Pusa RoadDelhi
93St. Paul AcademyUttar Pradesh
94St. Xavier High School, Borivali EastMaharashtra
95St. Xavier's College, RanchiJharkhand
96St. Xavier's High School, AiroliMaharashtra
97St. Xavier's High School, Durg BorsiChhattisgarh
98St. Xavier's High School, Mira Road, Shanti NagarMaharashtra
99St. Xavier's High School, NagpurMaharashtra
100Sunbeam Varuna VaranasiUttar Pardesh
101Victoria Girls Primary SchoolDelhi
102Vidya Niketan School, SaketDelhi
103Vishwajyot High School, KhargharMaharashtra

Campaign Launch: Isn't She Precious!

Join us for the launch of Isn't She Precious!, a 40-day collaborative campaign, by several like-minded organizations, to reinforce the message that Daughters Deserve LIFE, where LIFE stands for Love, Inheritance, Freedom and Equality.

The launch will include special interviews with two Girl Child Champions. Listen to them speak about how they overcame overwhelming odds.

Lockdown Breakthrough Challenge

Watch Zora & Ayra's invitation to the 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 of another vulnerable section of the society – unborn baby girls.

According to a 2007 UNICEF report, it is estimated that a staggering 7000 unborn girls in India become victims of sex selective abortions every day. Sadly, this number fails to shock us in the same way as the thousands of deaths due to COVID-19. 

The Vanishing Girls Campaign works to save the lives of unborn girls by advocating for the strict implementation of the Pre-Conception Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex Selection) Act, 1994 that prohibits sex determination.

During this lockdown, we are looking to achieve a #LockdownBreakthrough for the unborn #GirlChild. We want to raise awareness, invite likeminded citizens to join the campaign to save Vanishing Girls and also encourage donations through this Payment gateway link or the QR code below:

Your donations will help us:

#GiveHerLIFE Online Photography Contest 2019 - Winning Entries

For this year's International Day of the Girl Child on 11th October, the Vanishing Girls Campaign commemorated the occasion by launching a nationwide online photography competition. The Vanishing Girls Campaign invited all photographers (amateur and  professional) to participate in this contest to bring awareness to the cause of the Girl Child.

The theme of the Contest was: #giveherLIFE (Love, Inheritance, Freedom, Equality). The jury consisted of five reputed professional photographers: Karan Khanna, Altaf Qadri, William Chang, Riddhi Parekh and Paromita Chatterjee.

The Contest received over 500+ entries from across the country. The winning images appropriately reflects the consideration the photographers have put in for their respective entries. We appreciate the generous support of all those who participated in the contest to contribute to the cause through their photographs. There were eight winners selected. The first, second and third winners received a cash prize of ₹15,000/-, ₹10,000 and ₹5,000/- respectively. Five consolation prize winners were awarded a cash prize of ₹1,000 each. Find the winning entries below:

Grand Winner 📸 UDAYAN SANKAR PAL, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
"This image is a story. Almost an essay in one photo, Youth and old age showed in one frame in such a beautiful way. A great positive message. Love the composition, the colors, the subjects, the play of age and playfulness with the animals in hand."
Contest Judge @riddhi_parekh on the photo
Second Place Winner 📸 RATHIN DEY, Santipur, West Bengal
"An ember sparked will softly glow, and fed by fuel, will grow and grow.
I once was cinder, sparked by courage.
First timid, till the flames grew and grew."
Third Place Winner 📸 MOHAMMAD ANAS, Delhi
With 7000 girls aborted every day in the country because of sex-selection, India ranks 4th in the world with the worst child sex ratio. This genocide of girls remain hushed, silenced and ignored despite these alarming data proving how to this day girls are unwanted in the country. Where is the outrage? Where is the uproar?
Consolation Prize Winner 📸 ANAND SUBRAMANIAN, Mumbai, Maharashtra
Let them live, Let them thrive: Girls are the future of our country. This meaningful photo captures this lovely school girl in a backdrop forming the colors of our national flag.

#giveherLIFE - Celebrating the Girl Child

campaign giveherlife, international day of the girl

To get free passes to the event: REGISTER HERE.

Since 2012, October 11 has been marked as the International Day of the Girl by the United Nations. The day aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face while promoting girls' empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights. 

This year, Vanishing Girls Campaign marks the occasion by celebrating the girl child at Dilli Haat, Opposite INA Market, New Delhi on the theme #giveherLIFE (LIFE: Love, Inheritance, Freedom, Equality) on Friday, October 11, 2019 from 5 PM onwards

The celebration will include musical performances by Zephyr, the acapella society of Kamla Nehru College and Swaranjali, the Indian music society and the band of Hansraj College, Delhi University. Asmita theatre, one of the leading Hindi theatre groups in the country will also awaken the audience on the issue of sex-selective abortions in India.

To join us in this celebration and to get free passes to the event: REGISTER HERE.

#giveherLIFE Online Photography Contest: celebrating International Day of the Girl Child

Photography Contest Theme: Save the lives of unborn girls by advocating to #giveherLIFE

Contest is now closed!

In India, 7000 girls are killed in the womb everyday. That’s over 2.5 million girls “vanishing” every year just because they are FEMALE! ADF India’s Vanishing Girls Campaign seeks to counter the practice of sex selective abortions and is committed to cultivating a future where human dignity is affirmed for all girls, especially the unborn girls.

On this International Day of the Girl Child on 11th October, as declared by the United Nations since 2012, the Vanishing Girls Campaign is commemorating the occasion by launching a nationwide online photography competition. The Vanishing Girls Campaign invites all photographers (amateur and  professional) to participate in this contest and bring awareness to the cause of the Girl Child.

Photographs submitted must be a depiction of the theme #giveherLIFE (Love, Inheritance, Freedom, Equality).

Love: To honour and respect girls and women and strive to ensure that sex-selective abortions are not conducted in my family and among my friends. Inheritance: To stand up for the women in my family to have an equal share in the resources of the family, including their legal inheritance. Freedom: To stand with women and girls as they exercise their fundamental freedoms and rights guaranteed under the Constitution of India. Equality: To recognize that men and women are equally deserving of respect and opportunities in our families, places of work and in the society.


1. Grand Winner : Girl Child Champion Certificate + ₹15,000/-

2. First Runner Up : Girl Child Champion Certificate + ₹10,000/-

3. Second Runner Up : Girl Child Champion Certificate + ₹5,000/-

4. Five Consolation prizes: Girl Child Champion Certificate + ₹1,000/- each

* All participants with verified entries will be mailed a Girl Child Champion certificate acknowledging their contribution to the cause

Judging Process

Terms & Conditions

  1. Participants represent and warrant that: (a) The photographs are original, taken by the entrant and they own the rights to their photographs; (b) The photographs do not violate the rights of any third party; (c) The photographs do not convey a false or misleading impression; (d) Any additional information they submit about the Photographs is accurate.
  2. Participants can send upto 3 entries to be considered for the contest
  3. The photographs should not be altered/edited in any image processing program such as Photoshop or android/IOS apps (except for color correction)
  4. The photographs can be taken using any camera medium, including a phone camera
  5. The photographs submitted should be at least 300 dpi and minimum size of 1920x1080 pixels
  6. The photographs have to be submitted in JPEGs(JPGs) format
  7. Watermarks are unacceptable
  8. Participants must follow Vanishing Girls Campaign on Instagram : @vanishinggirls
  9. By submitting their photos to the Vanishing Girls Campaign for this Contest, all entrants agree to grant Vanishing Girls Campaign copyright to the photograph(s) submitted, which includes the right to use the photo in any manner and media, including without limitation, the right to publish, adapt, distribute, copy, display or translate in printed or electronic media, even if they are not the winning entries.
  10. Vanishing Girls Campaign is an initiative of ADF India, a non-profit organisation. Any usage of the photographs will solely be for the purpose of bringing awareness to the cause of the Vanishing Girls Campaign. In the unlikely event that the photograph is used for profit, a certain percentage of the profit will be given to the photographer which shall be mutually decided between ADF India and the concerned photographer
  11. By entering the Contest, entrants fully and unconditionally agree to be bound by these rules and the decisions of Vanishing Girls Campaign, which will be final and binding in all matters relating to the Contest

Last date for entries to reach us : 24th Sep, 2019

Winner Notification Winners will be announced on the Vanishing Girls’ Instagram account @vanishinggirls on the 7th of October. 

Contest is now closed! View Contest Winners here.

Check out our esteemed panel of judges

Doctors For Daughters


ADF India through Vanishing Girls Campaign organized Doctors for Daughters, a seminar for medical professionals on declining Child Sex Ratio on June 2, 2019, in Holiday Inn, Jaipur, Rajasthan. The seminar was in collaboration with Rajasthan State Medical Association and Shikshit Rojgar Kendra Prabandhak Samiti (SRKPS). It was attended by 32 doctors from Jaipur. Anushree Bernard, Vanishing Girls Campaign Coordinator, in her opening remarks, welcomed the gathering and introduced ADF India.

Rajan Chaudhary, during his session, shared his experience to reflect on the situation of sex-selective abortions in Rajasthan. Using the 'Nine Year Sex Ratio at Birth' data, he explained that in 2011 the Sex Ratio at Birth was 887 girls per 1000 boys in Rajasthan which increased to 948 girls in 2018. Presently, every district of Rajasthan has more than 900 girls per 1000 boys. He observed that the strict implementation of the PCPNDT (Prohibition of Sex-Selection) Act culminated in the increase in the Child Sex Ratio in Rajasthan. He added that spreading awareness especially among the youths was also essential in improving the ratio.

He reported that out of 148 decoy operations in Rajasthan, 20 cases were of people who pretended to be agents working for the doctors. He urged the doctors to come together and put an end to such malpractices and work towards Census 2021 for a better Child Sex Ratio in the State.

Dr. V K Jain, in his address, pointed out that doctors are usually blamed for sex-selective abortions when the real culprit is the mindset of the society. He said that people are willing to pay hefty amounts of money to illegally determine the sex of the fetus. He warned that the real challenge in ending sex-selective abortions is in addressing the lack of understanding of the value of girl child in the society.

He suggested that legal provisions against women and families who undergo sex-selective abortions should also be incorporated in the law. He also suggested that sonography machines be made compulsory for purposes of immediate diagnosis and that doctors be allowed to use it without a radiologist. He elaborated that the sonography machine is a revolutionary invention in medical science and that PCPNDT Act has only hindered its effective usage.

Understanding that some cultural practices prefer boy child, he suggested that PCPNDT cell should focus more on spreading awareness on the cause. He ended his session with a hope of restoration of a time when revealing the sex of the fetus is no longer a crime.

Dr. Ajay Choudhary appreciated the efforts of medical professionals and civil societies like SRKPS and ADF India in improving the Child Sex Ratio in Rajasthan. He recognized the importance of sonography machines in medical practices and also reminded of its disadvantages in practice. He strongly urged all doctors to work towards a time when revealing the sex of the fetus is no longer a crime. He said that only education can change mindsets. As a strategy to end sex-selection he recommended that education be made accessible to all. He also spoke about the 'Selfie with Daughter' campaign in Rajasthan that was instrumental in raising awareness.

He urged the Indian Medical Association members to become brand ambassadors and to take an initiative in collaboration with civil societies like ADF India and SRKPS for saving girl child. He impelled everyone to speak about female foeticide in all social gatherings as a matter of social concern and work towards improving the ratio. He ended his session with a
a reminder of the limitations of PCPNDT (Prohibition of Sex-Selection) Act and the increasing importance of raising awareness through such workshops and seminars.

The National consultation held on 2nd May 2019.

Like-minded civil society organizations and experts across India working on the implementations PCPNDT act in various districts came together on 2nd May 7, 2019, for a national “Consultation on India's Vanishing Girls Revisiting Civil Society Response against Sex Selection.” The consultation was co-organized by ADF India, Vanishing Girls, SRKPS, and Girls count.

The participants discussed the implementation of PCPNDT so far. They assessed the effectiveness of “Beti Bachao Beti Padhao” scheme and other private initiatives to improve the Sex Ratio at Birth (SRB) and the related issue of sex-selective abortion, in India.

Are the current actions sufficient?

The speakers included Dr. Satish Agnihotri, IIT Bombay, Adv. Varsha Deshpande, Lekh Ladki Abiyan, Mrs. Dhanashree Brahme from UNFPA, Dr. Neelam Singh, CSB & NIMC member, Dr. Sabu George, petitioner under the PTPNDC act.  In the pre-lunch session they share their views on whether the current actions will lead to actual changes in the SRB numbers for the girl-child in India in 2021? They urged the participants to:

Future course of action for PCPNDT act

In the post lunch session future course – of – action was discussed. After hearing the participants from different states, the participants agreed upon;

Anushree Bernard, Campaign Coordinator of Vanishing Girls – an initiative of ADF India stressing for the urgent need of strict implementation of PCPNDT, shared her view on the consolation: “Our country has lost millions of women and girls due to the practice of sex selective abortions in the past decades. Every girl has the right to be born and denying her of this right is the worst form of discrimination against women and girls. It is very encouraging to see that like-minded civil society organizations have come together to join hands to stop the killing of girls inside their mothers wombs by advocating and working towards the effective implementation of the PCPNDT Act."