International Gender Equality Day and Oxxy Girl Child Development Program were launched on 16th April 2018 in New Delhi, India in the presence of representatives from different countries like Brazil, United Kingdom, Slovenia, Pakistan, Guyana, Ethiopia, Republic of Korea, Maldives etc.; professionals from multinational companies like Alibaba, Amazon, Microsoft, PwC, Pepsi and members from organizations like World Parliament & WFIT were also present. The event took place in Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi
Oxxy, the Largest Healthcare Network in India, offered a solution to combat the problem of Gender Inequality in the country by facilitating “Rs. 11,000 Fixed Deposit to every Girl Child born in India”*.
The launching of “International Gender Equality Day” and “Oxxy Girl Child Development Program” and a daylong conference held at Vigyan Bhawan demonstrated through concrete evidence and data the pervasive nature of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere. Discussions were held on topics like Equal Economic Opportunities, Gender Mainstreaming, Reservation for Women and Violence against Women.
The panels examined issues related to gender inequality and shared ideas on best practices for reducing the gap. Topics of gender-based reservation and measures needed to prevent violence against women were raised. They formulated recommendations to increase women’s participation on the national level, sharing fair practices and empowering women to increase their economic participation.
Despite progress in the last few years, it is estimated that countries around the world still have some discriminatory laws in their legal framework. These range from laws that prevent basic rights like education, right to work, dressing up or driving a car. The conference was focused on highlighting inequalities and challenges faced by women; identifying gaps and opportunities for gender equality in 2030 agenda for a progressive and healthier world.