PM Narendra Modi’s call to all parents to click a selfie with their daughters and post on social media with the #SelfiewithDaughter seems like just another Modi social media campaign that takes a softer approach to deal with a very hard issue. But it is not. Infact, it is a step in the right direction. It’s just the RIGHT feel good, easy to do and easy to promote task that has the ability to transform attitudes, spark debates and carry the message of beti bachao far and wide. You might question what can a #SelfiewithDaughter really change? But then recall the #ALSIceBucketChallenge and how it helped to raise millions of dollars worldwide for not only finding a cure for ALS but also creating widespread awareness for the disease. Wouldn’t it be great if #SelfiewithDaughter could help bring some kind of sea change in attitudes related to gender in our society?
To me it seems unreal that there are parents in our country who wouldn’t think twice before ending the life of their new born just because she is a girl. With a sex ratio that is terribly skewed and has deteriorated from 945 in 1991 to 918 in 2011 we need campaigns like #SelfiewithDaughter. Every step, every word, every effort, every rupee spent trying to correct this imbalance is worth it.
The power of social media in today’s day and age cannot be ignored. I am glad that we finally have a PM who is smart enough to understand how to use social media not only to connect with people but also to lend weight to a cause. The #SelfiewithDaughter campaign focuses on changing attitudes at home. It begins with the parents. We as parents need to be proud of our children irrespective of gender. We need to celebrate their successes and be supportive through their failures. It is not only about giving the gift of life to your daughter but also giving her an equal platform to succeed in a man’s world. She needs all your support, encouragement and love.
As a mother, I have a long wishlist for my daughter. I would want for her to live her life on her own terms. I would want her to be safe – at home, in school, in college, in office or in a nightclub. I would want her to find her calling in life and excel in her area of interest. I would her to find a worthy life partner and be welcomed in his family as an equal. But above all I would want her to be free.
Free to make her own choices.
Free to live the life she chooses without prejudice or societal pressures.
Free to pursue her dreams.
Free to distinguish right from wrong.
Free to have an opinion and voice it.
These are just a few of my wishes for my daughter. I am blessed to have her in my life. SHE MAKES MY LIFE WORTH IT (ofcourse she drives me nuts also;)).
How has your daughter transformed your life?
Go share your #WishesformyDaughter with #SelfiewithDaughter !
Lets celebrate our daughters – they deserve it !