Imagine a world....

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According to one United Nations estimate, 113 to 200 million women are “demographically missing” from the world today. That is to say, there should be 113 to 200 million more women walking the earth, who aren’t. By that same estimate, 1.5 to 3 million women and girls lose their lives every year because of gender-based neglect or gender-based violence and Sexual Violence in Conflict.

We can point a finger at poverty. But poverty alone does not result in these girls and women’s deaths and suffering; the blame also falls on the social system and attitudes of the societies.

India alone accounts for more than 50 million of the women who are “missing” due to female foeticide - the sex-selective abortion of girls, dowry death, gender-based neglect and all forms of violence against women.

The decline in the sex ratio and the millions of Missing Women are indicators of the feudal patriarchal resurgence. Violence against women has gone public – whether it is dowry murders, the practice of female genital mutilation, honour killings, sex selective abortions or death sentences awarded to young lovers from different communities by caste councils, rapes and killings in communal and caste violence, it is only women’s and human rights groups who are protesting – the public and institutional response to these trends is very minimal. Most of the values are insufficiently imagined and fundamentally flawed.

More than two-thirds of the women’s populations don’t have access to the financial system. Poor women are not considered credit worthy. Every human being should have the “right to credit” because if people have money, they can change their lives. It is true for women. Nearly half the world’s population live in poverty, 70% are women.

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Unite To End Violence Against Women!
Educate & Empowered Women for a Happy Future !!!!!!
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www.un.org/womenwatch/
www.un.org/women/endviolence/
www.saynotoviolence.org/
www.unaids.org
www.un.org/millenniumgoals/

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  • Gender disparity in India is increasing.
    Can you pls send me these slides to pdrhyd@gmail.com
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Imagine a world....

  1. 1. SocialGe graphic Woman is the companion of man, gifted with equal mental capacities. She has the right to participate in very minutest detail in the activities of man and she has an equal right of freedom and liberty with him. ----- M K Gandhi, 1933
  2. 2. Since the late 1970s when the technology for sex determination first came into being, sex selective abortion has unleashed a saga of horror in India.
  3. 3. In some parts of the country, the sex ratio of girls to boys has dropped to less than 800:1,000. It's alarming that even liberal states like those in the northeast have taken to disposing of girls.
  4. 4. Worryingly, the trend is far stronger in urban rather than rural areas, and among literate rather than illiterate women, exploding the myth that growing affluence and spread of basic education alone will result in the erosion of gender bias.
  5. 5. Over the years, laws have been made stricter and the punishment too is more stringent now. But since many people manage to evade punishment, others too feel inclined to take the risk. Just look at the way sex-determination tests go on despite a stiff ban on them. The United Nations has expressed serious concern about the situation.
  6. 6. According to one United Nations estimate, 113 to 200 million women are “demographically missing” from the world today. That is to say, there should be 113 to 200 million more women walking the earth, who aren’t. By that same estimate, 1.5 to 3 million women and girls lose their lives every year because of gender- based neglect or gender-based violence and Sexual Violence in
  7. 7. India alone accounts for more than 50 million of the women who are “missing” due to female foeticide - the sex-selective abortion of girls, dowry death, gender-based neglect and all forms of violence against women. We can point a finger at poverty. But poverty alone does not result in these girls and women’s deaths and suffering; the blame also falls on the social system and attitudes of the societies.
  8. 8. The decline in the sex ratio and the millions of Missing Women are indicators of the feudal patriarchal resurgence. Violence against women has gone public – whether it is dowry murders, the practice of female genital mutilation, honour killings, sex selective abortions or death sentences awarded to young lovers from different communities by caste councils, rapes and killings in communal and caste violence, it is only women’s and human rights groups who are protesting – the public and institutional response to these trends is very minimal.
  9. 9. Unite To End Violence Against Women and girls! Say No To Sex Selection and Female Foeticide! Educate & Empowered Women for a Happy Future ! SocialGe graphic Photo: Firoz Ahmad Firoz We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of issues of humanitarian and ecological significance. The images on this website are not necessarily those of survivors of violence and human rights abuse. © Social Geographic Foundation Please NOTE and RESPECT the copyright. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. None of the images may be copied, reproduced, published or distributed in any medium without the expressed written permission. E-mail: socialgeographic@gmail.com

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