LET HER FLY. These three simple words have the power to set a girl child free. It is a war cry, a mission statement to break the shackles of outdated mindsets, prejudice and discrimination. It plans to inspire and encourage parents, teachers, uncles and aunties, husbands, brothers, and colleagues to give the girl child the opportunities that she so rightly deserves.

Donate and together let us make sure 3,61,612 girl children across CRY-supported projects soar high and realise their full potential.

In many parts of India, the birth of a girl child is not welcomed. Right from her arrival, she faces discrimination, humiliation, and oppression at every stage of life. When it comes to healthcare, education and growth opportunities, she is neglected because of her gender. Some manage to survive and foster new paths to follow. Most, however, surrender hopelessly to the sad fate assigned to them.

- 56% adolescent girls (15-19 years) in India are anaemic
- Nearly 45% girls In India get married before the age of 18 years
- Roughly 50% of all working children are girls
- School dropout rate amongst adolescent girls in India is 63.5%
- Of all reported cases of sexual abuse in India, 14.2% girls experienced the first incidence of sexual violence between the ages 15 to 19 years, 4.8% were abused first between the age of 10 to 15 years and 0.4% between the age of 0 to 10 years
(Source: National Family Health Survey III, Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation 2012, Government reports)

We want to be part of a world where girls are celebrated. Where they are treated equally, with love and respect. What is urgently required in society today is a change of attitude. Girls must be given the same opportunities and protection as boys, and must be treated at par. A girl's childhood can and must be preserved, cherished, nurtured and protected. Because she has the right to survive, develop, be protected and participate in decisions that impact her life.

CRY's fight for the girl child include:

Education that helps create attitudinal shifts that emphasise the rights of a girl child |Breaking myths and stereotypes around gender | Ensuring State accountability to implement various schemes, policies, laws, constitutional guarantees and international commitments | Institutionalising gender sensitive processes within various systems such as law and programmes | Encouraging community ownership in preventing violations faced by girls | Demanding a healthy budget allocation for the girl child at state and central level | Building women leaders from the community through sensitisation programmes that help them understand their rights and ensure it for girls and women like them.