Bhubaneswar, Aug 13
With an aim to ensure that gender equality becomes a reality in all aspects of lives, the Odisha State unit of the Bharat Scouts and Guides, in association with the ActionAid India, launched a national level campaign against adverse sex ratio (ASR), titled ‘Beti Zindabad’ here in the city here on Monday.
Speaking on the occasion, ActionAid programme officer Sudeshna Mishra said the female-male sex ratio in Odisha, which was 972:1000 during 2001 census, is now 978:1000 as per the 2011 census report. However, the child sex ratio as per 2011 census is 934:1000 as compared to 979 in the 2001 census. Stating that the goal of this campaign is to prevent the sex-determination taking place in several districts of the state, Mishra said “We are aiming to break the idea of sex-determination in urban and rural households. ‘Beti Zindabad’ is our national campaign to defeat patriarchy and reclaim social justice for women and girls”.
The campaign aims to generate a debate on the importance of recognising women’s and girls’ rights as human rights in various panchayats in the country between August 12 and October 2 this year to protect women’s right for dignity, she added
Among others, National Alliance of Women (NAWO) representative Pramila Mohapatra and Bharat Scouts and Guides State unit chief commissioner Kali Prasad Mishra were present on the occasion.