On International Day Of The Girl Child, Ayushmann Khurrana Has A Special Message For Indians

UNICEF Celebrity Advocate Ayushmann Khurrana feels that discrimination and violence against girls hold Indian back as a developed and caring society. He says this in his message to the country on International Day for the Girl Child


October 11, 2021


5 min


Ayushmann Khurrana, a youth idol and Bollywood actor, is a thought-leader who aims to make constructive, beneficial changes to society through his progressive, conversation-starting entertainers. TIME Magazine named Ayushmann one of the world’s most important individuals, and he was just named UNICEF’s Celebrity Advocate for their worldwide campaign EVAC (Ending Violence Against Children). Ayushmann has a special message for the citizens of our country on International Day of the Girl Child.

As UNICEF’s Celebrity Advocate for Ending Violence Against Children, Ayushmann is fully convinced that prejudice and violence against girls is abhorrent and holds Indians back as a developed and caring society. COVID-19 has contributed to the difficulties that girls confront. Girls have experienced challenges in accessing distant learning and having their health, nutritional, and social needs met on par with the males in their families due to restricted access to mobile phones or the internet. At the same time, lockdowns for COVID prevention have increased the frequency of gender-based violence. According to the most recent National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data, child marriages have surged by up to 50% during the pandemic.

On the International Day of the Girl Child we all Indians must bring attention to the various obstacles and discriminations that girls confront. Promote girls’ empowerment. Protect their human rights. Indians must prioritise girls’ education, recognise their rights equally with those of boys, give them with skills and chances for employment, and work with boys and men to overcome patriarchal ideas.

Ayushmann also emphasises his goals as an EVAC champion in India, which include educating people about the needs of the female child. His goal is to start strong dialogues that assist all of us, Indians, realise the problems girls continue to face and grow up with today, and how Indians can and must all play a role in changing that. There are a few easy methods that we can all start making a difference. The first step is to make ourselves conscious of our own acts, within our own families. Can we be conscious of the little ways in which females are discriminated against at home, such as eating after their brothers, not being permitted to play outside, being denied or restricted access to phones and the internet, and having separate curfew timings for boys and girls. Putting an end to these traditions, one family at a time, would transform how we regard and respect girls.

Secondly, with schools beginning to safely re-open today, it is critical that all parents send their children, especially females, back to school while following COVID guidelines. Girls who complete their education are less likely to marry early. Education and skill development help females become more proactive in the decisions that define their life. This leads to improved outcomes for children, both boys and girls, and fosters a social setting in which they can reach their full potential.

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A lack of emphasis placed on girls’ education leads to a high rate of child marriage, perpetuating an intergenerational cycle of violence, poverty, and ill-health. Even though India has achieved great progress in lowering the prevalence of child marriage, one out of every three child brides still remains in the country. Finally, as parents, friends, and peers, he feels that we all must interact with boys and men to promote good gender practises and norms and to put a stop to the culture of violence.

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