FLO to launch 'Save the Girl Child' project on July 23

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New Delhi, Jul 4 (UNI) In an attempt to tackle the detrimental effect of declining sex ratio across the country, FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO) will launch 'Save the Girl Child' project on July 23 to commemorate the silver jubilee of its formation.

''The 'Save the Girl Child' project has been designed to raise the awareness levels of women, children and the men folk in villages and semi-urban areas of the detrimental effect of the declining sex ratio in various parts of the country,'' FLO President Anuradha Goel told reporters here.

Under the project to be launched by Union Minister for Women and Child Development Renuka Chaudhury, FLO will visit the factories and other household industrial clusters, call in the local MLA and women panchayat leaders, and impress upon them the need to create mass awareness of the socially and morally reprehensible practice of female infanticide, Ms Goel added.

At the occasion, save girl child, adopt villages for women empowerment and plant trees were hot topics for discussion.

During its silver jubilee year, FLO also proposes to adopt a village and make it a model village. This will encompass entrepreneurship development programmes for women, planting of tress, training to women in converting kitchen waste into bio-gas as a cooking fuel.

''We will adopt a holistic approach. The idea would be to involve whole families in community care, where women will be joined by children and men in the making of a model village,'' Ms Goel said.

Besides, FLO will plant 2,500 trees across the country and impart training in the nurturing and care of tree saplings. Each tree would be under the charge of a tree-custodian or parent.

In a bid to promote entrepreneurship and professional excellence in women, the organisation proposes to organise 25 training programmes across India at various levels. Five of these, which will be at the grass roots level, will be sponsored by the Asian Development Bank.

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