Some places of worship, iconic buildings and structures of Kolkata and different districts in West Bengal have been illuminated in blue light for the past couple of days.
Famous structures like Bidhan Sabha Bhavan (Assembly Building), Howrah Bridge (Rabindra Setu), Metcalfe Hall, Birla Planetarium, Nehru Children’s Museum, Kolkata Press Club, Birla Industrial and Technological Museum and UNICEF office in Kolkata were lit up in blue light to espouse the rights of children for commemorating World Children’s Day (20 November).
Children and their well-being are at the centre of any development programme today. Their rights of survival, growth and development, protection and participation are also equally important across the world and this illumination highlights it.
These famous structures along with places of worship like Jeliya Para Durga Mandir at Purulia, Baranagar Seikh Para Jame Masjid at Kaliachak in Malda, St Mary’s Church at Patiram in South Dinajpur, St Joseph’s Believers’ Eastern Church at Chhara in Purulia, Parshwanath Jain Shwetamber Temple, Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Temple, Masjid Un Noor and Gurdwara Sant Kutiya in Kolkata have also been decorated with blue light to build awareness about children’s rights among the followers of faiths.
“On this World Children’s Day, everybody is urged to treat girls and boys equally. Encourage everyone in the family to eat together. Ensure girls and boys attend schools regularly and complete their education and finally do our bit to save the planet for children,” Amit Mehrotra, Chief of UNICEF of West Bengal said.
Describing this #GoBlue initiative as a reminder for our recommitment for every child to have every right, he urged the society to speak up against child marriage and violence against the children.
During the recently held cricket world cup, UNICEF partnered with ICC to promote empowerment and equality between girls and boys through #Be a champion.