Hygiene tracker, financial literacy module on cards as West Bengal joins Unicef ​​to curb child marriage | Kolkata News

KOLKATA: The state Department of Women’s and Children’s Development and Welfare and UNICEF on Thursday launched several action plans to curb the high rate of child marriages reported in the state. The action plans were launched after the National Family Health Survey (NFHS-5) indicated that at 41.6%, Bengal, along with Bihar, has high child marriage rates.
Minister of State Shashi Panja discussed four key district action plans against child marriage with the support of Unicef ​​during the workshop on Thursday, including the introduction of child marriage monitoring Menstrual Hygiene for Adolescents, Introduction of Financial Literacy Module, Implementation of West Bengal Guidelines on Foster Care, 2021, and Guidelines for District Action Plans to End Child Abuse child marriage.
Panja said that while the structures for sensitizing and encouraging girls to stay in school and preventing early marriages and teenage pregnancies are well established by the state, the need of the hour is to closely observe the implementation of the plans in place. “With the help of our various stakeholders, our primary objective is to identify the obstacles that weaken the progress of adolescent girls and to overcome them,” she said.
Panja said, “Menstrual hygiene tracking may seem like a small step, but it goes a long way in ensuring young girls have more freedom and awareness about their sexual and reproductive health. .”
The Bengal government’s flagship program to prevent child marriage and encourage adolescent girls to stay in school, called Kanyashree Prakalpa, was launched by the Mamata Banerjee-led government in 2013.
Since the launch of the program, more than 77 lakh girls aged 13-19 have benefited from the Conditional Cash Transfers and Cash Plus initiatives.