On International Day of the Girl Child on Monday, actor Ayushmann Khurrana, who has been appointed as Unicef’s movie star advocate for his or her world marketing campaign Ending Violence Against Children (EVAC), mentioned that discrimination and violence in opposition to women is unacceptable and holds again the society.
Ayushmann, who has a daughter named Varushka, mentioned: “As Unicef’s Celebrity Advocate in direction of ending violence in opposition to youngsters, I firmly imagine that discrimination and violence in opposition to women is unacceptable and holds us again as a developed and caring society.
“Covid-19 has added to the challenges confronted by women. With restricted entry to mobiles or the web, women have confronted restrictions in accessing distant studying and in having their well being, dietary and social wants handled on par with the boys of their households.
“At the same time lockdowns for Covid prevention have increased incidence of gender-based violence. Latest data from National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) shows that child marriages have increased by as much as 50 per cent during the pandemic,” mentioned Ayushmann Khurrana.
Ayushmann mentioned on the International Day of the Girl Child, consideration must be drawn to the various challenges and discriminations women face.
Ayushmann Khurrana mentioned: “Promote girls’ empowerment and ensure their human rights. We need to prioritize girls’ education, treat their rights on par with those of boys, provide them with skills and livelihood opportunities and engage with boys and men to address patriarchal mindsets.”
Ayushmann additionally highlights his goalposts as an EVAC advocate in India to coach folks in regards to the wants of the lady baby.
Ayushmann Khurrana mentioned: “My aim is to initiate powerful conversations that help all of us understand the challenges girls continue to live and grow with even today, and how we all can and must play our part in changing this. There are few simple ways in which we can all begin to make a difference.”
Ayushmann mentioned that step one is in direction of making “ourselves aware of our own actions, within our own families”.
He added: “Can we pay attention to the small methods through which women are discriminated in opposition to at house, resembling consuming after their brothers, not allowed to play exterior, denied/restricted entry to telephones and the web, totally different curfew occasions for ladies and boys are just a few that come to thoughts. Ending these practices, one household at a time, will change how we worth women and respect them.
“Secondly, with schools beginning to safely re-open now, it’s important that all parents send their children, including girls back to school, while ensuring Covid protocols. Girls who finish school are less likely to marry young. Education and skilling contribute to making girls assertive in the decisions that shape their lives.”
The actor shared that this results in higher outcomes for kids, each women and boys, and creates a social setting the place they will higher obtain their full potential.
He mentioned: “An absence of worth on women’ schooling results in a excessive incidence of kid marriage, which perpetuates an intergenerational cycle of violence, poverty and ill-health.
“Even though India has made significant gains towards reducing the incidence of child marriage, one out of three child brides still lives in India.”
He mentioned that the majority importantly, as dad and mom, pals, friends “we must engage with boys and men to promote positive gender practices and norms and end the culture of violence.”