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Thank You Melissa for Being the Voice of The Campaign at the Newcastle University Conference!

February 28, 2011

Hello Friends,

We are happy to inform you that Melissa Smith made a presentation on The 50 Million Missing Campaign and its fight against female genocide in India at the International Development Conference at Newcastle University in the U.K. on Feb 26, 2011.

She writes “The conference was a great success, a sell-out, filled with 300 enthusiastic and conscientious young people who seemed keen to learn and who filled me with hope for the future. There were some excellent speakers, and the other seminars I attended were very interesting. There were people working for change on a global scale, as well as those desperately fighting to help people on the ground and save the lives of people struggling with poverty and disease. The seminar went really well! I had a full hour, which was good because people had lots of questions, so there was time for them as well..

So here’s a big thank you to Melissa and we also thank the organizers of the conference at Newcastle University for inviting us and for their generous support of our transport and lodging expenses.

Melissa is now officially a Voice of The Campaign, and she’ll be happy to make presentations on the Campaign and its work,  in and around the London area.   So if anyone is reading this and is interested please contact us at

And here’s a message from Hilary Campbell, who was on the organizing committee for the Conference:

Just thought I would give you some feedback about Melissa’s presentation: it was VERY well received! Many of the people who wrote feedback forms had been to see her, and were really impressed by the presentation and really were very interested in the Campaign which made me really happy!

Although my fellow committee members didn’t need persuading, the brilliant feedback we had about the presentation and the cause means that they are also willing to help me do the Matrubhoomi film showing and short presentation on an evening sometime this month. We did actually put this event on the programme booklets everyone received at the conference, and we are hoping to contact as many people as possible about it!

Thank you again for the answers to my questions, they were very helpful. I really am a huge admirer of this campaign, I have been to India twice as a volunteer in Delhi and Tamil Nadu and would love to do anything to promote the cause of the 50mm campaign. I look forward to giving the presentation and hopefully collaborating with you more in the future!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Cynthia permalink
    February 28, 2011 3:52 pm

    Thank you Mellisa for letting people know about Female Infanticide. I am from India living in Newcastle. Am doing the same everyday by meeting people. Hope to meet you in person and thank you for your speech.

    • Melissa Jo Smith permalink
      March 7, 2011 4:04 pm

      Dear Cynthia –
      It was such a pleasure to take part in this inspiring conference, and I’m now actively looking for other opportunities to speak about the campaign. I’m glad to know you are also spreading the word on these issues. I don’t know what your experience is, but I find that most people are truly shocked by what is going on, and some may want to become involved in changing the way things are. Every person we share this with will have friends they can talk about it with, and in this way word will spread.

      Thanks for your message!

    • cynthia rodrigs permalink
      April 13, 2011 10:16 pm

      Dear Melissa,
      Yes as you say it is hard to talk about it and to hear too. Since I am from that country I am really fighting it out… every day something happens to a newborn girl in India. Since I dont know many people here, it is even more harder to talk. If you have a chance of talking about this in any place, please do let me know… I can also come and help you.
      Thank you

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