To End the #Female #Genocide #Indians Must Bring the Revolution Into Their Homes!
The following is an excerpt from an interview that The 50 Million Missing founder, Rita Banerji, gave to One World South Asia. To read the full interview click here.
To answer your question about whether we can bring about a change in the misogynist attitude that underlies this female genocide, consider this….
The reason this massive human rights violation has gone unnoticed for so long is that as a nation state we’ve responded to it the way most of us as individuals do at home.
So when laws are violated, the human rights of individuals are violated in our homes – women are forced to abort their girls or kill their baby girls, or women are beaten, blackmailed or killed for dowry, we tolerate it.
We support the violators. We hush it up. We hide it from others. We all do it.
When we learn to do that as members of a family, we then move into society, into jobs – in the government, police, courts, hospitals, or just ordinary citizens, and we do the same for the nation as a family.
Our country mirrors the way our family units work. As citizens of a nation we function the same way we do as members of our families. We deny it, hide it. We get defensive when it is exposed internationally.
We are doing what our families do – closing ranks and being complicit directly or indirectly in the perpetuation of this violence.
The 50 Million Missing Campaign will soon start an initiative asking people to tell the stories from their own lives on our blog and to make the personal — political. We’ll be looking for people, who using own identities (names and faces) will tell how either they stood up to stop their own rights being violated in their family or community or stood up or spoke up for another woman or girl in their own family.
[To see some of the stories from the campaign blog that will be included under this initiative click here.]
The change in India’s approach to female genocide will begin with the change in the attitudes of how each individual behaves in their own family.
Rita Banerji is an author and gender activist, and the founder of The 50 Million Missing Campaign to end India’s female genocide. Her book ‘Sex and Power: Defining History Shaping Societies,‘ is a historical and social look at how the relationship between gender and power in India has led to the ongoing female gendercide. Her website is www.ritabanerji.com She blogs at Revolutions in my Space and tweets at @Rita_Banerji