UN Symposium on Femicide: A Global Issue That Demands Action
On November 26, 2012, an international symposium on Femicide (the killing of women and girls because of their gender), was held by the UN-ACUNS in Vienna, Austria, to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
The 50 Million Missing Campaign founder, Rita Banerji, was a speaker at this symposium and talked about the various forms and extent of femicides in India (video and details of the symposium the program below).
This is a significant development, and it has been the goal of The 50 Million Missing Campaign for the 6 years that we’ve been working to end female gendercide, to have femicide recognized as an international human rights crime, and to move international bodies to take action!! As of now, if people or groups of people get killed because of their race, or religion or ethnicity, the world calls it a human rights crime. But there is no law that says the killing of people because of their gender is a human rights crime and should not be tolerated. There are thousands of girls and women killed in India simply because of their gender through female infanticide, deliberate starvation and violence on girls under 5-years, dowry murders, ‘honor’ killings, widow burnings (sati) and ‘witch’ lynchings.