The 50 Million Missing Campaign is an award winning, global campaign to end the ongoing female genocide in India. It was founded by author and gender activist, Rita Banerji, in 2006. Today, it is the largest, grassroots movement to end the genocide of women, and is supported in more than 203 countries.
More than 50 million women have been systematically exterminated from India’s population in three generations, through the gender-specific infliction of violence in various forms, such as female feticide through forced abortions, female infanticides, dowry murders, and honor killings. [For Rita Banerji's video presentation to the first UN conference on femicide in Vienna click here]
The 50 Million Missing Campaign was selected as a Finalist for the 2013 Katerva Award in the Gender Equality Category. The Katerva Award highlights the most ground-breaking projects from around the world and has been referred to as “the Nobel Prize of Sustainability.” The campaign won the Katerva Awards’ People’s Choice Honorable Mention. The 50 Million Missing has also been nominated for The Shorty Awards which honors the best content producers on social media.
GOALS OF THE CAMPAIGN:
1. RAISE PUBLIC AWARENESS: To make the public aware of the scale of the ongoing female genocide and to arouse public consciousness and moral accountability for this genocide, nationally and globally, and urge community based action for justice.
2. LOBBY FOR INTERNATIONAL ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF GENOCIDE: To lobby for the international recognition of this gender-specific mass elimination as “genocide” under the 1948 U.N. Convention on Genocide Act. [Click here for more].
3. LOBBY FOR TIME-BOUND ACTION TO END THIS GENOCIDE: To lobby for Governmental and international action to stop this genocide: We want to have the government of India commit to a time-line within which India’s female genocide will be contained, and all associated practices like dowry, dowry murders, infanticides and feticides eradicated. [Please support our petition for this demand. Click here]