With over 1 billion people living in India, providing education for everyone can be a challenge, especially for girls. One of the fundamental rights from the Indian constitution is the right to education. However, when there are glaring disparities on education standards for men and women, it is clear some rights are not being met. In 2009, India created the “Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act” which makes education a fundamental right for every child between the ages of 6 to 14 (Right to Education, n.d.). While urban children have benefited from this act, those in lower castes situated in rural areas of India do have not equal opportunities.
According the Article 26 and 10 from the UDHR and CEDAW, a girl’s right to an equal education is morally and socially right (UDHR, 2015). The source of inequality problems for educations stems largely from social and cultural norms but policy changes will help break these barriers. Providing equal opportunities for girls in the rural areas with education will strengthen the outlook for India and its people. As a policy analyst for the United Nations, I will focus on understanding the current strides made in education rights for girls primarily through an analysis of NGOs and governmental policies. I will look at points of improvements in current government funded programs and provide recommendations for new policies that focus on sanitation and education. It is incredibly important to protect the rights of these girls and hope that these policy recommendations will prevent further human rights violations.
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