Lockdown Breakthrough Challenge

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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:

WINNING PHOTOS OF THE #GIVEHERLIFE ONLINE PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST 2019

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 📸 PURANJIT GANGOPADHAY, Kolkata, West Bengal
Life Cycle : A heartwarming photo of a mother passing down a livelihood skill to her daughter in rural West Bengal
Consolation Prize Winner 📸 AMITAVA CHANDRA, Kolkata, West Bengal
This sunny photo captures the smiles that follow in the family when both the son and daughter are loved equally and given equal opportunities.
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.
Online Photography Contest | Consolation Prize Winner 📸 SAGARIKA SUNDI, Jharkhand
This photo comes alive with the apparent delight of the little girl with a book in her hand. Education is an important tool that enables women and girls to participate in decisions that affect their lives and in improving their social status. The fact that people would rather spend on their daughter’s marriage expenses or dowry instead of education is disheartening. Make education accessible and a priority for all girls in our nation.
Consolation Prize Winner 📸 NEHA, Gurugram, Haryana
"Almost aborted
Loved less
Married early
Considered a liability
21st century but still in the dumps!"... .
This emotional photo freezes pain to hoist a thought-provoking reality

Words of the Experts shared in the state-level consultation for PCPNDT

WORDS OF THE EXPERTS SHARED IN THE STATE-LEVEL CONSULTATION FOR PCPNDT

#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.

Prizes 

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. Any photograph from this contest used by Vanishing Girls Campaign shall carry the photographer’s credit line in a format to be decided by Vanishing Girls Campaign at its sole discretion
  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!

Check out our esteemed panel of judges

Delhi Health Minister Tells The State Appropriate Authorities To Ensure The Implementation Of The Pcpndt Act

New Delhi

Shri Satyendar Jain, Hon’ble Health Minister, Government of NCT of Delhi today at State Level Training on Standard Operating Guidelines and Code of Conduct under the PCPNDT Act asked the District Appropriate Authorities and the District Nodal Officers (PNDT) to take their roles seriously in implementing the PCPNDT Act.

Speaking at a day-long training program organized by Delhi Govt. Directorate of Health & Family Welfare, ADF India’s Vanishing Girls Campaign and Girls Count, the Minister felt sad that Delhi is listed third from the bottom in the list of child sex ratio in India. Shri. Satyendar Jain stated that the practice of sex determination and sex-selective abortions are rampant among the rich and affluent families in Delhi especially South Delhi that has one of the lowest child sex ratios among all the eleven districts in Delhi. He urged the officials under the PCPNDT department to be stringent and suspend the faltering clinics and doctors as prescribed under the Act.

Four sessions on technical training on unpacking sections of the law, recent amendments, code of conduct for appropriate authorities, registration of centers, an inspection of centers, search, seizure, and sealing of the diagnostic centers, the conduct of decoy, and, filing a case.

Mr. Sanjay Parikh, Senior Advocate, Supreme  Court, exclaimed “It is a genocide,” during his technical training session with the District Appropriate Authorities and the District Nodal Officers. He noted that unless the appropriate authorities and nodal officers do not take any action, no groundwork will be achieved.

Dr. Adv. Uday Prakash Warunjikar, Vice President, Bar Association of India, highlighted in his training that implementation of the law has been slow. While the technology is now allowing gender to be tailored before the pregnancy via IVFs and other medical advancements, the authorities are still struggling to regulate illegal gender reveal via sonography ie. Ultra-sound scans.

Adv. Varsha Deshpande reiterated that if the authorities implement the law in the right manner, millions of our girl-child will be saved and the change in the child sex ratio will be achieved for sure. She shared her practical experience of implementing the PCPNDT in the state of Maharashtra.

Ms. Ifat Hamid, Consultant (Gender), Ministry of Health& Family Welfare Division, Govt. of India shared about the operating guidelines related to the 6-month training on the PCPNDT act that the state governments across India should provide to the diagnosticians and doctors.

Dr. Nutan Mundeja, Chairperson, State Appropriate Authority, Delhi & Director, DFW, Govt. of NCT of Delhi had earlier noted in her welcome note that the families who choose to commit gender-based feticide affect not only these families but the larger community of the state of Delhi.

In her closing remark, she said, “As the Delhi government we are happy to be able to conduct this workshop. It gave an opportunity to our District Appropriate Authorities and the District Nodal Officers (PNDT) to interact with experts on the matter and gave us a chance to hear them out on the issues they face in the implementation of the act. We look forward to further strengthen the implementation with the help of those who want to come along…”

Mr. Rizwan of Girls Count noted,” this kind of collaboration and training was much needed because last 3 years we have seen the implementation of the PCPNDT act as not been so effective in Delhi, …the sample registration system data is declining towards 850 girls… and that’s why we think that it is important to encourage the district officials and give them the support that the civil society can provide. We want to implement the PCNDT Act in a collaborative manner in Delhi and this was the motive of this consultation.”

Ms. Anushree Bernard of the Vanishing Girls campaign said, “Changing mindsets alone cannot improve the declining Child Sex ratio. We need a fierce implementation of the PCPNDT Act to ensure that the perpetrators who conduct sex determination do not getaway”


DELHI STATE LEVEL TRAINING ON STANDARD OPERATING GUIDELINES AND CODE OF CONDUCT UNDER THE PCPNDT ACT

New Delhi

The Child Sex Ratio across the country has been on a decline after the last Census in 2011, where Delhi only having 871 girls for every 1000 boy. This implies that there is a dire need for strict implementation of the PCPNDT (Prohibition of Sex Selection) 1994 Act across Delhi.

To highlight the importance for an effective implementation of the PCPNDT Act, ADF India’s Vanishing Girls Campaign And Girls Count In Collaboration With Directorate Of Family Welfare, Health & Family Welfare Department, GNCT Of Delhi, are organizing a day-long training for the District Appropriate Authorities as well as the District Nodal Officers (PNDT) on the ‘Standard Operating Guidelines’ and the ‘Code of Conduct’ to be observed by them under the PCPNDT Act  on 26th July 2019 at India International Centre, New Delhi. 

The Chief Guest for the program, Hon’ble Health Minister of Delhi, Shri. Satyendra Kumar Jain will deliver the keynote address. Other speakers include Mr. Sanjay Parikh, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India; Mr. Uday Warunjikar, Advocate, Bombay High Court; Mrs. Varsha Deshpande Advocate, Lekh Ladki Abhiyan; Ms. Ifat Hamid, Consultant (Gender), PNDT Division, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India. They will speak on ‘Demystifying the PCPNDT Act’ and the ‘Standard Operating Guidelines’. Anushree Bernard, Coordinator for the Vanishing Girls Campaign who will be moderating the day-long program states that “an enhanced implementation of the PCPNDT Act across Delhi will ensure that all girls will have the chance to live, dream and succeed”. 

Doctors For Daughters

A A SEMINAR FOR MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS ON DECLININGCHILD SEX RATIO

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."

Two-day legal seminar held with Jhunjhunu's Asha workers.

Asha workers of the State Government of Haryana are uniquely positioned to change the narrative in one of the worst affected areas when it comes to gender ratio at the birth imbalance. Abortion of an unborn child after sex selection before birth is a heinous act.

Mr Ravi Jain, district collector, Jhunjhunu shed light on this fact in a two-day seminar organized at Jhunjhunu's health department's event centre by the PCPNDT cell, in association with ADF India, SRKPS and Vanishing Girls.

The gender ratio of Jhunjhunu in 2011, when the last census was held was 848. Mr Jain appreciated the voluntary efforts of SRKPS in association with ADF India's VAnishing Girls campaign for spreading the awareness of the cause and for the implementation of the law.

Rajan Chaudhary, representative, SRKPS mentioned about the changes that the local community has gone through, including the young girls in cultural rituals otherwise meant for males of the society.

Adv. Anushree Bernard project manager of Vanishing Girls, Adv. Loreign and Ms. Temjeninla, media-personnel of the Vanishing Girls campaign took a workshop on women's rights that was attended by 70 Asha workers of the area.