A commemorative postage stamp on the SAARC Year of the Girl Child :
Issued by India
Issued on Sep 5, 1990
Description of Designs : The postage stamp is based on the design provided by the Directorate of Advertising and Visual Publicity in consultation with the Department of Women & Child Development, Ministry of Welfare.
Type : Stamp, Postal Used
Colour : Multicolour
Denomination : 100 Paise
Overall size : 3.91 x 2.90 cms.
Printing size : 3.50 x 2.50 cms.
Perforation : 13 x 13
Paper : Indigenous Un W/M Gravure Coated and Gummed stamp paper
Number Printed : 10,00,000
Number per issue sheet : 35
Printing Process : Photogravure
Printed : India Security Press
- The International Women’s Year and Women’s Decade, 1976-85, were responsible for sensitising the world opinion to the need for elimination of gender discrimination. Efforts to ensure equality of men and women flow from the past traditions of our culture and have been strengthened by the sacrifices made by women during the freedom struggle. The Indian Constitution has recognised the need for equality between the sexes. Whenever the State finds any criminal or civil injustices to women, it has without any hesitation, legislated against them.
- The Governmental Machinery was revitalised to guide, co-ordinate and review the efforts of both Government and non-Government organisations working for the development of women and a full-fledged Department of Women & Child Development was established.
- India is the Chairperson of the SAARC Technical Committee on Women in Development. The Joint Communique issued during the Ministerial meeting held in May 1986 at Shillong paved the way for co-operation among the SAARC member countries in the area of Women in Development. The desire to direct cooperative efforts on development of the Girl Child was reinforced with the decision of the SAARC Summit held in Islamabad in December, 1988 to declare 1990 as the SAARC Year of the Girl Child. The fact that the Girl Child is deprived of her due share of love, care and attention and is a victim of discrimination and oppression even by those who are supposed to bring her up on equal footing with the boys, culminated in the said decision of the SAARC Summit. An Action Plan for India includes programmes of advocacy aimed at removing the existing sex biases and creating a favourable atmosphere in the society for the acceptance and overall development of the Girl Child on equal terms with boys.
- Text Courtesy : Department of Women & Child Development.