New Delhi, Mar 5: The women and Child Development Ministry is embarking on a massive national level awareness and sensitisation programme on a sustained basis to check female foeticide. Non government organisations, media, entertainment industry, spiritual leaders, medical fraternity and youth will be involved in a big way as agents of social change in the campaign.
The ministry is also planning to institute awards for District Magistrates for their outstanding work to improve the male and female sex ratio in their Districts. Presiding over a workshop on the issue of female foeticide orgnaised as a part of weeklong celebrations of International Women Day, Minister for Women and Child Development Renuka Chowdhury said that female foeticide is an extreme manifestation of violence against women. Media can play a very significant role to create awareness against this evil and to project women issues in a positive manner, she said. Chowdhury said that media should develop its own ethics to show positive aspects of women's empowerment and achievements of women in various fields. Participating in the workshop representatives of media, advertising sector and spiritual leaders asserted that all stakeholders should join together to sensitise masses about the role of the women and girl child in society.