In India, Daughter's Day was observed to highlight the importance of the girl child on September 22, the last Sunday of this month. The day was meant to drive home the fact that the gender equity can be achieved by promoting equal respect for both male and female children.
These days, the social media has become a major platform to send messages and good wishes on special days. "Daughter is as good as the son and every child is special to his or her parents and the relation is about unconditional love. There is gratitude towards providence for having the opportunity to care for a daughter," wrote Harinder S. Johal on Yahoo India
I too received the "Happy Daughter's Day" messages and wishes on my face book and a mother wrote that a daughter was the happy memories of the past, the joyful moments of the present and the hope and promise of the future. "Daughters are angels sent from above to fill our heart with unending love. Happy Daughter’s Day!" was another message on the face book.
In India there is gender bias and daughters are given a secondary status in many families. There is a need to undo the gender bias and give equal preference and opportunities to the girl child as well. It needs to be understood that a daughter is one of the most beautiful gifts this world has to give to itself.
In some places, on this day, special events are organized by people to get together with their daughters to make them feel special and let them know that they are appreciated as a part of society.
"Fame is rot; daughters are the thing," says aptly James Matthew Barrie to stress the importance of a female child. On the other hand, Gloria Steinem warns the society regarding role reversal as a ploy for gender equity. "We've begun to raise daughters more like sons, but few have the courage to raise our sons more like our daughters,' says Steinem.