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Video: The 50MM Campaign at The United Nation’s Office of The Unitarian Universalist ide

May 7, 2011

On April 29th,  Rajani Ghosh  gave a speech about The 50 Million Missing Campaign  at the Unitarian Universalist-United Nation’s Office in New York City.  This is a part of our ongoing Voice of The Campaign Project to increase public awareness about the ongoing female genocide in India and the issues it involves.  This being the 2011 Spring Seminar of the UU-UNO, it was a big event, and the theme was:   Empower Women for a Better World!

Rajani’s speech had a huge impact on the audience, and she was the ONLY speaker that day who received a standing ovation!  Rajani had been researching, collecting material and preparing for this event since January this year.  And she traveled from Boston to NYC for the event.  So a very big thank you to Rajani for volunteering and putting in so much time and effort for our campaign. 

We are also very indebted to Marion Fitch Connell who is on the UU-UNO’s Board of Directorsand who has not only been extremely supportive but was instrumental in actually making it possible for The 50 Million Missing Campaign voice to be heard at this event.

The UU-UNO is an associate member of the UUA with United Nations ECOSOC consultative status and DPI/NGO status. On September 3, 2002, when UN Secretary General Kofi Annan inaugurated the International Criminal Court the ceremony was officially attended by a United Nations Office Board Member.  The UU-UNO works with the UN to advance a peaceful, just, sustainable and pluralistic world community that promotes human rights. They also strive to engage and inspire Unitarian Universalists and others to support and participate in corresponding social justice campaigns.

This is Rajani’s feedback to us about her speech and the response of her audience:

This conference is the UU-UNO’s biggest event of the year and served as an excellent forum to raise awareness about our campaign. The audience was very responsive and I am expecting many new signatures on our petition! One of the most touching parts of the conference was seeing the reaction of my father who was born in Kolkata, India, and remains devout and loyal to his country (reinforced by the Cricket World Cup of course!).  As the presentation ended there were tears in his eyes, yet a smile on his face. I think this sums up the overall response to the presentation: devastation at realizing what is occurring and at what magnitude, but also hope. Hope that we can fight to change what is happening.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. emery permalink
    January 4, 2012 1:17 am

    it should be noted that this is the first genocide that has no military solution. its committed by individual families and communities not armies, militias, or terrorists. no outside group not even NATO can stop it because its connected to family greed not a war like the Holocaust. American opinions on genocide were shaped by the Fifth U.S. Army’s liberation of the Dachau concentration camp in 1945. because this doesn’t resemble that many in the west are reluctant to call it genocide. still that’s what it is.

    • January 8, 2012 6:24 am

      @emery — Catharine McKinnon in her book ‘Are Women Human?’ makes the same point. That genocide is not always necessarily about tanks and bombs. It happens in regular society without armies and tanks and bombs. It is ultimately about the systematic violence on people. She also says that the U.N. does not recognize women as a ‘human’ group in its classification of human groups when it comes to genocide. Also see Rita Banerji’s argument.

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