Kanyashree

Protecting and empowering all adolescent girls and supporting their healthy development by creating an enabling environment for their participation and meaningful contribution to society.

WHO has identified this age group as the period of preparation for adulthood during which several key developmental experiences occur like acquiring social and economic independence, development of identity, the acquisition of skills needed to carry out adult relationships and roles and the capacity for abstract reasoning. While adolescence is a time of tremendous growth and potential, it is also a time of considerable risk during which social contexts exert powerful influences.

Creating a protective environment for girls in which they can be safeguarded from being married before the legal age of 18 years or trafficked,by incentivizing education and influencing knowledge, attitudes and practices to bring forth collective action against child marriage.

 

Objectives

The scheme aims at improving the status and well being of girl child by :

 

  • Discouraging early marriage of girls to ensure compliance with the legal provisions pertaining to the minimum age at marriage.
  • Incentivize through scholarships, the continuation of education of the girl child in Secondary and Higher Secondary classes and those undergoing vocational training or sports training.
  • Improving IMR and MMR by delaying the age of marriage and consequently increasing the median age of first birth
  • Reducing the incidence of drop outs, especially amongst girls from poor families.
  • Eradicating undernutrition and mal-nutrition of girl child.
  • Preventing trafficking and exploitation of the girl child.