Claiming that just like other states Goa is also not free from gender discrimination, Goa State Family Welfare Bureau (GSFWB), on Thursday, said there is a decline in the ratio of female to male child, and called for protecting the weaker sex in the
The GSFWB said that as per the data provided by the Directorate of Planning, Statistics and Evaluation the sex ratio currently stands at only 923 females per 1,000 males in the state.
“Despite efforts from government agencies and NGOs, there is a decline in the ratio of girl child in Goa. It is the high time for us to take precaution in order to maintain the balance. We have to collectively work for the survival, protection, and empowerment of girl child in Goa,” said the chief medical officer of GSFWB Dr Vandana Dhume, while addressing the gathering at a function held in the city to mark International Day of Girl Child.
Dr Dhume attributed the decline in the female sex ratio to the various factors, including patriarchal society – which is more with male-centric thoughts, technological advancement like ultra-sound, which has made possible antenatal sex detection, economical condition and social issues including dowry.
Raising question on the safety of women and girl child, North Goa Collector Levinson Martins said, “In Goa, we have to do a lot to bridge the gap (decline in sex ratio) and also create safe and conducive atmosphere for girl child and women.”
Secretary for Women and Child, C R Garg, while speaking during the function urged media houses and publications to ensure that a girl child gets the required publicity on her success and excellence in any particular field.
Garg said that people should welcome the birth of girl child, provide her with proper nourishment, education and do everything possible for her empowerment.
Source:: The Navhind Times