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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 ...

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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Women...3 Presentation Transcript

  • 1. SocialGe graphic Violence against women stands in direct contradiction to the promise of the United Nations Charter to “promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom.” The consequences go beyond the visible and immediate. Death, injury, medical costs and lost employment are but the tip of an iceberg. The impact on women and girls, their families, their communities and their societies in terms of shattered lives and livelihoods is beyond calculation. Far too often, crimes go unpunished, and perpetrators walk free. No country, no culture, no woman, young or old, is immune. ---Ban Ki-moon, March 2009
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. Still, every day, more than 50,000 people die as a result of extreme poverty and nearly one billion people go hungry each day, 70% are women and girls.
  • 4. In addition to torture, sexual violence and rape by rebels and occupation forces, a great number of women and girls are kept locked up in their homes by a very real fear of abduction and criminal abuse. In war and conflicts, girls and women have been denied their human right, including the right to health, education and employment.
  • 5. According to the UNAIDS around 17.3 million, women (almost half of the total number of HIV-positive) living with HIV . While HIV is often driven by poverty, it is also associated with inequality, gender-based abuses and economic transition. The relationship between abuses of women's rights and their vulnerability to AIDS is alarming. Violence and discrimination prevents women from freely accessing HIV/AIDS information, from negotiating condom use, and from resisting unprotected sex with an HIV-positive partner, yet most of the governments have failed to take any meaningful steps to prevent and punish such abuse.
  • 6. Millions of young women disappear in their native land every year. Many of them are found later being held against their will in other places and forced into prostitution. According to the UNICEF, Girls between 13 and 18 years of age constitute the largest group in the sex industry. It is estimated that around 500,000 girls below 18 are victims of trafficking each year. The victims of trafficking and female migrants are sometimes unfairly blamed for spreading HIV when the reality is that they are often the victims.
  • 7. United Nations agencies estimated that every year 3 million girls are at risk of undergoing the procedure which involves the partial or total removal of external female genital organs that some 140 million women, mostly in Asia and Africa, have already endured.
  • 8. Millions of women suffer from discrimination in the world of work. This not only violates a most basic human right, but has wider social and economic consequences. Most of the governments turn a blind eye to illegal practices and enact and enforce discriminatory laws. Corporations and private individuals engage in abusive and discriminatory practices without fear of legal system. Sexual harassment and violence in the workplace are common and constant threats to working women's lives and livelihoods.
  • 9. More than two-thirds of the women's populations don't have access to the financial system. Poor women are not considered credit worthy. The idea of the business is only maximisation of profit. That is too narrow an interpretation of a human being. Every human being should have the “right to credit” because if people have money, they can change their lives. It is true for women.
  • 10. 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.
  • 11. 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.
  • 12. 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.
  • 13. 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.
  • 14. 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.
  • 15. 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.
  • 16. Unite To End Violence Against Women and girls! Say No To Sex Selection and Female Foeticide! Educate & Empowered Women for a Happy Future ! We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of issues of humanitarian and ecological significance. The images on this presentation are not necessarily those of survivors of violence and human rights abuse. © Social Geographic Foundation SocialGe graphic 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. Photo & design: Firoz Ahmad Firoz E-mail: socialgeographic@gmail.com