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PHOTO GALLERY: The 50 Million Missing Women

April 30, 2011

50 MILLION MISSING: A CAMPAIGN AGAINST INDIA'S FEMALE GENOCIDE - View this group's most interesting photos on Flickriver


Here’s something many don’t know about The 50 Million Missing Campaign.  It was first launched online, in December 2006, on flickr.

Flickr is an online community for photo sharing. The 50 Million Missing gallery on flickr is a collection of photos of Indian women and girls. Today it has 16000+ photos contributed by more than 2300 photographers from over 30 countries, who support this campaign. And it continues to grow every day!

The idea behind this massive photo gallery was to give a human face to India’s ongoing female genocide. 

Each face in this gallery represents a girl or woman who should have been living but was killed at one or another stage of life, just for being female.

The 50 Million Photo Gallery is to draw attention to the fact: that this is about peopleThat this mass annihilation of women from India is a shocking human rights catastrophe.

 This is a fact  that is often concealed or ignored in how it is publicly dealt with or spoken of.  People are not told that this is a mass annihilation of a targeted human group.  Rather it is spoken of in numbers and ratios: phrases like “sex-ratio” or “gender-ratio” or “number of women per men.”

Consider this question posed to readers in The Asian Age newspaper (April 17, 2010): “Are you passionate about adopting stray dogs, or saving tigers, the environment or girl child?”

Could the mass annihilation of any other human group—be put forth in such terms?  Can you imagine substituting the term ‘girl child’ in the sentence above with any other group that has been subjected to mass exterminations like ‘the Jewish,’ ‘Bosnians,’ or “Tutsis?’

We thank all the photographers who support our photo pool.  Many have also shared their works on our blog posts on Gender Bytes,  on our online photo-exhibitions on different topics that we are continuing to build on,  or have donated their works without charge to newspapers and magazines that have covered our campaign.

We invite you to view The 50 Million Missing Faces of Girls and Women by clicking on the photo montage on top.

If you wish to know more about a particular photographer, click on the photo to be connected to their individual sites.


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2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 3, 2011 4:35 am

    What a brilliant idea! You are absolutely correct-once we can actually see a face, it gives this genocide the… human element because…it is so subversive. And to compare the female child to a stray dog or a tiger???? I so admire the work you do…You have justice on your side . -Soraya

  2. Jared Purdy permalink
    January 29, 2012 2:58 pm

    Great web site, very informative

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