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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 211 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 video presentation to the first UN conference on femicide in Vienna  click here]

The campaign is zero fund. It has no funds and does not raise funds either, and runs on volunteer effort.  For more on that click here. For the support team, 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.


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]


48 Comments leave one →
  1. RedHeaven permalink
    September 23, 2010 8:48 am

    thank you for your work!

  2. Sam permalink
    October 9, 2010 6:36 pm

    Horrible! I am unquestionably sharing this issue with my friends!

  3. November 4, 2011 1:12 pm

    If you are refering to the rural areas, I still can’t believe this. I have been in Bombay all my life, and in my whole career of 40 years, only 2 girls died at the age of 23-24, they were in my college. Other than that, old women, and that too only one. I don’t know a single woman, girl, sister, friend etc who has seen even one death in her family of any other woman in our social circle.

  4. emery permalink
    January 13, 2012 1:43 am

    im with the CAMPAIGN on this one. ive been watching south asia newsline for almost 3 years now and every time they show a film of a street in India you can see a lot more men than women. even some streets in Iraq have more women. there it just depends on the security situation. in India however evey street in every city clearly shows that women are missing. even in cities with good security such as new delhi you see far more men on the street than women. so Neha you must be blind or somthing to not see it every time you leave your house!

    • molly permalink
      December 2, 2012 2:32 pm

      thats because women arent typically allowed to leave the house in india….

  5. mercadeo en linea permalink
    September 9, 2012 1:12 am

    The 50 Million Missing Campaign was founded in December 2006 by author and gender-activist Rita Banerji . Today it is an extensive, online, international campaign, which runs on volunteer effort and zero funds! It works steadfastly on boosting public awareness on issues concerning India’s female genocide, and spearheading action for change.

    • Mir permalink
      December 3, 2013 12:51 pm

      Gender Activist Rita Banerji work is great,

  6. claire permalink
    December 8, 2012 4:05 pm

    absolutley horrendous. this will never change. so sad.

  7. eve permalink
    January 3, 2013 1:46 pm

    I will share this with people.. We should hold hands together to beat this!

  8. Margot Torp permalink
    January 16, 2013 2:29 pm

    What an important work – a global effort is needed.

  9. franklin permalink
    March 1, 2013 11:21 pm

    Basically needed to point out you did a good work. Thanks -Franklin

  10. March 2, 2013 2:35 am

    My heart ached when I was watching the video. This brutal truth is hard to deny. Women need to come together with powerful voice and compassion to transform this painful reality. Thank you for following your calling to initiate the actions for change.

  11. March 19, 2013 10:28 am

    “About | GENDER EQUAL: A BLOG ON INDIA’S FEMALE GENDERCIDE” Modern Window Treatments honestly got me addicted with your web page! Iwill certainly be back again even more regularly. Thanks a lot -Avery

  12. Kishu Teckchsndani permalink
    April 3, 2013 6:34 am

    I am with the movement

  13. Liz Blight permalink
    April 9, 2013 8:33 am

    I cannot believe this still goes on!!!! I will share this with all my fb friends and others, doing as much as I can, having daughters and sisters I cannot imagine life without them.

  14. April 23, 2013 12:06 pm

    It’s ever high time to act on the atrocities of girls and womens not only in India but in global perspective thru UN. It’s high time when UN should make such issues on it’s agenda to issue guidelines to all countries to implements the women’s rights just like UN did for Human Rights!

  15. Kria Sakakeeny permalink
    May 6, 2013 7:30 am

    This is such an important issue. My friend and I just visited Coimbatore, India to start a widows sewing cooperative with an amazing Franciscan nun.

  16. Lisa Pena permalink
    May 19, 2013 7:33 am

    The cruelty and evil in the world never ceases to amaze me. All for the sake of money. It’s horrific and it sickens me. I will be spreading awareness on facebook, and twitter and verbally. I feel helpless to do more since I am currently unemployed and at the mercy of my ex right now. I am not in a position to help financially.

    • May 20, 2013 11:59 am

      Lisa, We are a zero fund campaign. So we do not take donations. But do check out our volunteer and our patrons page. Thanks for the support!

  17. May 29, 2013 6:07 pm

    Hi, can you perhaps gather support from Media persons to take this awareness to every household? I had this idea on my blogpost about rape and I was asked if there are actually women at decision-making levels who can change anything – perhaps you women have the right contacts and the pull.

    In case you are interested, this was my post:


  18. Padmakumar permalink
    May 30, 2013 11:14 pm

    it is absurd. Prof. Kurien is a gentle man. This entire episode was the result of a preplanned program by the communists in kerala in their blind personal politics with hidden agenda. When their Communist Chief Minister E K Nayanar understood that it was a ploy by his own party men , he did not allow his Police to put kurien’s name in the FIR or charge a case against him.

    Prof Kurien is innocent. ! The people of Kerala know that! The Hon. Courts Court realised this fact and gave a true verdict.

    Then why this issue again by this new group? is it for getting an
    “international” Fame (de)?

    • May 31, 2013 10:52 am

      The way the victim has been harassed/ and Kurien evaded arrest and trial, we don’t think so! But we’d know that only when Justice is allowed its course which it is not!

  19. June 19, 2013 2:47 pm

    We have several cases of honor murders, forced marriages, violence, lack of freedom, extremely strict rules..the list goes on and on, among female immigrants from Pakistan, Somalia and India (+ more) to Norway. Even in our liberal, democratic society the males in these immigrant families are keeping the female family members under strict control, as if they live in their own barbaric bubble far from my own reality. They have to change their religious and cultural beliefs totally, at whatever cost, because the cost of NOT doing so will always be higher, as seen in this campaign. Fantastic work by Rita Banjeri, I hope she will be nominated for the Nobel Peace price. Because poverty is the root to evil, and a society without equal rights and freedom for women will always be poor. Just have a look at the world’s worst countries and the proof is staring you in the eyes.

  20. harsha permalink
    July 10, 2013 10:18 pm

    hey, i just got to know that you need volunteer to translate articles from english to french. I would like to do. Whom should i contact?

    • July 12, 2013 12:00 pm

      Dear Harsha, Thanks for volunteering! We are still setting up though. But drop a line to Roxane Metzger at and she will contact you with the details and article needing translation.

  21. karthu1993 permalink
    August 15, 2013 12:52 pm

    please check out my article. I would like to publish it here. I am new here so please tell me how I do it here.

    • August 16, 2013 11:19 am

      Yes we will be happy to publish your story about your friend. This is exactly what Indian women need to hear. That even though there will be opposition and resistance, they have to be strong minded and insist on their rights. Would you like this published under the name Karthu? You can leave us a private message here

  22. April 18, 2014 3:12 pm

    sex and rape is passion in india and it is defined by ram and laxuman in ramayana .

  23. emery permalink
    April 27, 2014 5:52 am

    after the popular uprising for women’s rights in India fallowing the Delhi gang rape case failed to produce real changes my faith in a non-violent answer to female genocide in India was seriously shaken. another blow to this idea came later in 2013 when rationalist leader Narendra Dabholkar was assassinated by suspected Hindu fanatics. religious extremism seems to be growing out of control in much of India and is a major reason peaceful campaigns for women’s rights in India are failing. other destabilizing factors include political corruption, food shortages, religious tensions, poverty, the Maoist insurgency, a failing legal system, over population, over reliance on middle eastern oil and a far too small national oil reserve. my conclusion is that India is on the brink of civil war. on the eve of the American civil war (1861-1865) radical abolitionist leader John Brown said “I, John Brown, am now quite certain that the crimes of this guilty land will never be purged away but with blood. I had, as I now think, vainly flattered myself that without very much bloodshed it might be done.” I believe the same is true for the fight for women’s rights in India today and that all women’s groups there should begin arming themselves for the day a war in the middle east cuts off India’s oil supply and plunges India into civil war. if the religious fanatics can be militarily defeated in the civil war than India’s women will experience a new birth of freedom in the post war India.

    • ek chakkar permalink
      July 5, 2015 4:04 pm

      Wow! Open call for violent struggle in a land that has been brutalised for 1000 years by people and ideologies from its west.

      British and USA cooperation in breaking Subcontinent along religious lines was not enough. Now, people like you will support civil war on basis of gender. And you use words like ‘Hindu’ which are firmly rooted in Abrahamic interpretation of ancient peoples of Subcontinent.

      Violence may have been answer, as seen by John Brown in context of his time. To me, that is more a reflection of John Brown’s inner self. Violence surely is not the answer to violence against women.

      Warmongers like you must not be allowed to have influence on public discourse.

  24. May 20, 2014 7:18 pm

    Thank you so much for your support!

  25. July 11, 2014 5:56 pm

    comment appearing in USA newspaper today: “India claims to be the land of spiritual knowledge, however, without basic morality, spiritualiy can not develop. Modern India is creeping froward, but lacking behind in cardinal human values and spiritual knowledge. The fact that women and men deserve social equality as a birthright is lost to the Indian psyche. 50 million women have been murdered in India since WWII by feticide, baby murder, bride murder and neglect. This is more than all the people who died in WWII ! The United Nations is discussing the statistics and considering to denote it as a GENOCIDE. It is past time for India to have its spiritual awaking and see all as one family.”

  26. Tito Pederzolli permalink
    September 15, 2014 6:26 pm


  27. George Rosier permalink
    November 26, 2014 4:38 pm

    Another perspective is the economic cost of the treatment of women in India. The Third Billion report by Booz and Co estimates the cost to be at least 27% of GDP. Think of this as a loss to Indian business – about 27% of turnover and 27% of profits. The CEOs of Indian corporations should be leading the charge to improve the treatment of women.

  28. Milon Ahmed. permalink
    December 20, 2014 12:35 am

    Go ahead. Thanks a lot.

  29. January 7, 2015 4:31 pm

    Please give suggestions for my problem.
    I have completed my education and working since last 4 years. My family is pressurising me for marriage . Even I want to have a life partner. The only thing is that I can’t follow wrong customs ( eg kanyadaan, dowry etc.) which may have negative impact on the society. It seems that people really don’t care about.
    And my parents are not able to find such person and they pressurising me to follow the society. My conscience is not allowing me to do it. I don’t understand what to do. Pls give some suggestions.

    • January 27, 2015 7:46 pm

      Please do not let anyone pressurize you into anything that you don’t want to do. The fact that you are already questioning this means you yourself realize it is wrong. So sit down and have a talk with your parents and tell them clearly what you think, and that you will not give in to pressure. If they keep insisting, then develop your system of resistance by not engaging in those conversations. They cannot physically tie you down, lock you up and force you. So stay strong.


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