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MP IAS officer’s initiative on child marriage gets global recognition

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Bhopal: An innovative initiative of MP department of women and child development for eradicating child marriages has bagged international recognition.

The initiative – Lado Abhiyan – initiated by IAS officer Kalpana Srivastava, the then commissioner of women empowerment, has bagged the Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management (CAPAM) International Innovations Awards (IIA) - 2016.

Srivastava, along with current commissioner of women empowerment Jaishree Kiyawat, received the award at a function at Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Saturday. Srivastava is currently posted as principal secretary of state's technical education and skills development department.

The campaign against child marriages was launched in year 2013 with Srivastava at the helm. Under the initiative, 81, 724 child marriages were prevented between April 2014 and February 2015. This programme was replicated by other states in India after its success.

CAPAM is an organization that promotes good governance and knowledge exchange amongst governments from Commonwealth countries and beyond.  The CAPAM International Innovations Awards (IIA) recognizes innovation in the public service.

Addressing media in Malaysia, Srivastava said the Lado Campaign is aimed at improving communication channels, skills training and media advocacy besides capacity building among stakeholders, including wedding service providers to prevent child marriages before they were solemnised. She said that more than 3000 children have been named as brand ambassadors of the campaign. Most of them either escaped or were saved from their own child marriages, she said.