Presentation on theme: "Hello! I am Rita Banerji Founder of The 50 Million Missing Campaign."— Presentation transcript:
Hello! I am Rita Banerji Founder of The 50 Million Missing Campaign
AN ONLINE CAMPAIGN TO RAISE GLOBAL AWARENESS ABOUT INDIA’S ONGOING FEMALE GENOCIDE
In 3 generations more than 50 million women have been systematically exterminated from India’s population ____________________________________________ That’s equal to the populations of Sweden, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium and Portugal put together ____________________________________________ This is a targeted and mass annihilation of a group for one reason only – because they are FEMALE See 'The 50 million missing women,' in Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics, vol. 19, no. 9 (September 2002):411–16
HOW WERE 50 MILLION WOMEN EXTERMINATED FROM INDIA’S POPULATION? Millions were eliminated through sex- selective abortions since the 1970s. However millions of girls and women have been killed after birth in India only because of their gender – Killings that Diana Russell has called FEMICIDES.
TOP SIX CAUSES OF FEMICIDE IN INDIA 1.Female Infanticide (1-year and under) 2.Killing of girls 5 years and under through starvation and violence 3.Killing of women through repeated and forced abortions 4.Dowry related Murders 5.“Honor” Killings 6.“Witch” Lynching
Karishma’s Attempted Murder: From The 50 Million Missing Campaign’s Case Fi le attempt to kill her by traditional method used in Bengal – of putting ‘salt in the mouth’; she was deliberately starved, dangerously underweight, she was often beaten unconscious At age 2 years, she was un-named. I named her Karishma – meaning ‘miracle’