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Take This #Poll: How Do You Read the Reaction To a Possible #Rape in the #Video

June 23, 2014

This video was put out by a public interest group to raise people’s sensitivity to rape and other crimes against women in India.  Please note that the sounds of a woman being assaulted inside the van below are an enactment.  However, the responses of the people who walk past the van are real.

We want you to watch the brief video below, and give your opinion on people’s reaction in the multiple choice poll question below the video.

CLICK ON THE SQUARE NEXT TO YOUR CHOICE AND THEN CLICK ON THE YELLOW BUTTON RIGHT AT THE BOTTOM THAT SAYS ‘VOTE’ [DO NOT FORGET TO CLICK ON THE ‘VOTE’ BUTTON OR YOUR ANSWER WON’T REGISTER]

What Do “White Girl Jobs” Say About Indian Male Attitude Towards Women?

June 16, 2014

besharam white women song  In the last 10 years there has been a growing “market” for hiring white, preferably blonde, western women among certain elite circles in India.  These include Bollywood (the film industry), Premiere League Sports, like IPL, and wedding and corporate parties. 

An anonymous British woman recently wrote a column where she talked about her experience of working for what are now called “White Girl Jobs” in India.  Read more…

Sweden Hosts the Voice of the @50millionmissin Campaign To End Female #Gendercide

June 6, 2014

We are delighted that a Green Scarf Party in Stockholm, Sweden, was one of the latest groups worldwide to give Voice to The 50 Million Missing Campaign’s fight to end female gendercide in India.

The Voice of The Campaign is a 12 minute video on the female genocide in India that we we encourage people to show to their friends, organizations or classmates.  FOR MORE DETAILS ON HOW YOU CAN HELP WITH OUR VOICE OF THE CAMPAIGN PROJECT PLEASE  CLICK HERE

CLICK HERE to see where else The Voice of The Campaign events have been held

A Green Scarf Party is an initiative of cafe26.org and is a social gathering to support peace and social change worldwide.

Blog Report on the 50 Million Missing Green Scarf party: greenscarfstories.wordpress.com
Website: www.cafe26.org

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Attending the Swedish Green Scarf party LEFT: (FRONT) Peppe Kuhavuori, Anneliese Lilienthal, and Alexandra D’Urso with baby Solenn (BACK) Sara Hendey, Nisha Nilsson, and Lena Landstedt-Hallin

Why More #Women in #Government Won’t Help Women in #India

May 14, 2014

India currently has only 11% women in Parliament.  And theare has been a demand from some women’s groups for a 33% reservation of seats for women in Parliament.  However, as the article below points out, the women currently in government are completely apathetic to the issue of women’s rights in India.  Hence the question we should be asking is how do we get the women already in government to address women’s rights?

WE WANT TO HEAR YOUR SUGGESTIONS.  PLEASE PUT THEM IN THE COMMENT FORUM BELOW OR TWEET THEM TO US AT @50millionmissin

33 nowby Debolina Dubois

I was watching Eve Ensler, author of ‘Vagina Monologues’ on an YouTube channel around the time of the December 2012 Delhi Gang Rape uprisings, and she was asked what she thought might help stop violence against women in India? She suggested, “Get more women in”, into government, police – positions of power and decision-making.

Unfortunately in India this theory does not work. Otherwise the religious totems would not have existed. The rape culture and indoctrination and religious obsessional neurosis is such that in India women in positions of political power do not think the welfare of their own sex, or for that matter even extreme violence on women in India is any of their concern. They don’t act on women’s-rights or even legislate on it. They don’t discuss it, and if necessary to keep the terror going they would torture women and children to remain in political positions. If forced to recognise the necessity of women’s-rights, they use their religious beliefs and patriarchal indoctrination to further blame and put women down. A good example is that of the current chief minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee. She accused the victim of a high profile gang rape in Kolkata as a liar. When a female police officer, Damayanti Sen, cracked the case, she came under fire and was transferred off to a less important posting as a punishment. Later the Chief Minister said that because women were socialising openly with the opposite sex, instead of staying home – secluded, like good Indian girls are supposed to, they are inviting rape.  

Read more…

Herabai Tata: The Power Behind Indian Women’s Voting Rights

May 5, 2014

by Rita Banerji

The name Herabai Tata will not ring a bell for most Indians! Unfortunately, not even for most Indian women, even though she is one of the main reasons that women have the right to vote in India!

Born in 1879 in Bombay, Herabai Tata was the Secretary of the Bombay branch of the Women’s Indian Association (WIA). In the early 1900s, she was a central figure in the fight for Indian women’s franchise – the right to vote. In fact she is referred to by Geraldine Forbes who documented the changing lives of Indian women in the early 1900s, as the “real soldier” of the movement.

So why don’t Indian women know of her? The fault perhaps lies with the sexist and patronizing view of the history of women’s rights in school textbooks. Students are taught that it is men who fought for and ‘gave’ women their rights in India.

While there were some male leaders who spoke against sati (the burning alive of widows) and child marriage, often these were attempts to convince a male-dominated society to try to be considerate towards girls and women, by discontinuing these practices.  Indeed as prominent feminists even in that period observed these men viewed these ‘rights’ as acts of “charity” towards women, without recognizing women’s inherent rights to live with freedom and dignity.

Indeed, women’s rights are not about women gratefully accepting a benevolent space for living in a society dominated and dictated to by men. It is about the recognition of women as free and equal citizens in society, with the same rights and privileges as men. Incredibly, such a movement for women’s rights existed in India, more than a hundred years ago, and Herabai Tata was one of these women! It was while researching for my book ‘Sex and Power,’ that I discovered with joy and gratitude, these women who comprise what I call India’s first feminist movement.  I talk about this movement in the colonial chapter of my book, where I also discuss why with the advent of Gandhi, this movement, was suppressed.

A woman in Bombay in the early 1900s photographed by Geraldine Forbes

A woman in Bombay in the early 1900s photographed by Geraldine Forbes

Indeed, the idea of women having inherent and inviolable rights guaranteed under law, and existing as independent citizens with the same power as men to participate in and determine the society they live in and its rules of living, was disagreeable to the most seemingly “progressive” of men of this time. When Herabai and the suffrage movement pushed for Indian women’s right to vote, there was only one man in India who supported them — Sir Sankaran Nair.
Below I present an excerpt from Herabai Tata’s book ‘A Short Sketch of Indian Women’s Franchise Work,’ which gives us an idea of how long and hard the battle for women’s franchise was in India.  I believe it is very important for Indian women today to connect with these women from our past, who struggled to ensure that we have the platforms to be free citizens and individuals.

There are other lessons for the present day women’s movement to be learnt from Herabai’s observations. One of the biggest draw backs for women’s rights today is that there is no pan-Indian women’s movement. We are broken up across class, caste, religion and regional boundaries. Yet, a 100 years ago, without good transportation, phone, internet and electricity, Indian women’s groups all over India managed to unite and coordinate their efforts towards a common goal! There were 45 branches of the Women’s Indian Association alone, and many other organizations and committees. Read more…

Présentation de la @50millionmissin Campaign à une classe en France

May 4, 2014

Originally posted on The 50 Million Missing Campaign: Les 50 Millions Manquantes:

Par Roxane Metzger

En tant qu’éditrice du blog francophone de la 50 Million Missing Campaign, que coordinatrice de la campagne en France et que lycéenne, j’ai fait il y a quelques jours un court exposé sur la campagne et le génocide féminin de l’Inde à ma classe. Je voudrais partager cette expérience avec vous, ainsi que les questions qui m’ont été posées, et les réponses que l’on peut leur faire. Je pense que cette présentation s’est très bien passée, et que le problème dont il était question a beaucoup intéressé et choqué mes camarades de classe.

The 50 Million Missing Campaign PosterCar si tous savaient que l’Inde et la Chine connaissaient un problème de ratio sexuel, « problème » qui se traduisait en un manque de plusieurs millions de femmes dans la population adulte, je crois que la plupart ne réalisait pas la spécificité de la violence ciblée contre les femmes indiennes, motivée par la misogynie à…

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We Won Katerva’s People’s Choice Honorable Mention! Thank You All!

April 17, 2014

katerva bigDear Friends,

In March we had informed you that The 50 Million Missing Campaign had been selected as a Finalist for the 2013 Katerva Award in the Gender Equality Category. We had also requested your support in Katerva’s People’s Choice open voting.

We thank you all for your heart-felt support, and your vote of confidence in the work we do.  It just won us Katerva’s People’s Choice Honorable Mention!!!

The Katerva Award highlights the most ground-breaking projects from around the world and has been referred to as “the Nobel Prize of Sustainability.”

Katerva has 10 categories for award nominations, and 2013 had 12 nominees and 5 finalists for each category.  To view the other nominees, finalists and winners Read more…

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