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Video: 6 forms of Femicide in India from the Symposium on Femicide in Vienna

Hello Friends,

On November 26 an international symposium on Femicide (the gender based killing of women and girls) was held in Vienna, by the UN and other bodies. One of the purposes was to draft a UN resolution on Femicide.

This has been momentous, because as of now, we have international laws against race and religion based killings, but there is no law against gender based killings.

I was invited to make a presentation at this symposium as founder of The 50 Million Missing Campaign which has been working for 6 years to raise awareness about the ongoing female gendercide in India.

Here's a video of my presentation "The 6 Wide-spread forms of Femicide in India"


Leslie Stoupas's picture

Femicide is genocide!

Dear Rita,

Thank you for posting your presentation. What a horrifying experience this must be for so many women, and how important it is to realize that mass femicide is not recognized for the genocide that it is. Thank you for pointing that out. I will be interested to see what the UN resolution looks like and how it is implemented around the world. Please keep us updated on this critical issue and let us know how to lend our support.

Leslie Stoupas

Leslie Stoupas

Rita Banerji's picture

Thank you for your support!

Dear Leslie,

Thank you for your support. The resolution covers various other issues impacting on women elsewhere, like FGM. Essentially any practices that directly or indirectly causes the death of a girl or woman only because of their gender. The reason I mention the U.N. Genocide Act in this presentation, is because that is something else that we are pushing for, not just for India but for women globally. Dr. Diana Russell who first politically redefined 'Femicide' to recognize it as all forms of killings of females that are gender-based hate-crimes, agrees that the scale of violence on women in India is 'genocidal' and she has supported me in my argument that 'gender' needs to be included under the 1948 U.N. Act on Genocide. That act covers, race, religion, and other factors. But 'gender' is absent! And that's because when men are killed, they are killed almost always because of their race, religion, etc. but not because of their gender. Only women -- whether in war time or in peace time, or in their homes, are killed because they are female! It is very important because, the Genocide Act is the biggest human rights Act, and it is important to bring the violence on women into the international human rights preview.

Rita Banerji

bhavna's picture

Hi Rita

Oh is such a horrifying account of selective genocide. This presentation epitomize the cruelty of the society we live in. It's a blot on the nation, which at on hand gives her the highest respect by calling her shakti but in practice putting her to disgrace and killing her due to gender hate. On a daily account we hear and confront such inhuman crimes with impunity granted to perpetrators. Thank you for sharing.


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