- the people of india
Restore the dignity and equality of women and girl children in India.
I hereby sign the following petition to restore the dignity and equality of women and girl children in India.
- the Charter of the United Nations reaffirms faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of human person and in the equal rights of men and women
- the Universal Declaration of Human Rights affirms the principle of the inadmissibility of discrimination and proclaims that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights and that everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedom set forth therein, including the fundamental right to life, without the distinction of any kind, including distinction based on sex
- the Constitution of India guarantees the rights and freedoms of men and women equally without any barrier, bias, or discrimination and the same are threatened by the illegal and damaging practice of gender biased sex selection and other forms of violence against women
I hereby take a solemn pledge today that I shall act in all possible ways individually and collectively to eliminate gender biased sex selection and other forms of violence that threatens the birth and survival of the girl child and to work towards changing mindsets which perpetuate such practices. I will do my best to ensure that girls are born, loved and nurtured and grow up to achieve their God given potential and become empowered citizens of our country.
- the people of india
The provisional results of the 2011 census of India show that there are 914 female children to every 1000 male children under 6 years age, a drop from the last census in 2001 (927:1000). In some states the figure is as low as 830:1000. In the capital city Delhi the child sex ratio stands at 866:1000. While the government has made pre-birth sex determination tests illegal the practice still continues in different forms among the urban population through the connivance of the medical practitioners. In the poorer or rural areas, female infanticide through poisoning, suffocation or abandonment is not uncommon.
In India over 35% of women are not able to read and write. They are fed less and often educated less. They are seen as having lesser value or considered a burden. The practice of dowry is a major factor behind such a view. I, along with other Let Her Live supporters, long for women to be seen as equal to men, created in God’s image and worthy in their own right.
There are a number of organizations that are already engaged in various initiatives to bring about changes and awareness to the issue. The government has passed laws to address this issue and yet as the latest census figures show the problem is actually getting worse. Awareness and legislation are not proving to be enough. The “Let her live” campaign focuses its efforts on two main areas– revaluing womanhood through awareness, training, and creative programmes, and providing counselling and support for those struggling in abusive situations. We hope that through speaking, counseling and demonstrating the truth of the inherent value of life and the inherent dignity of women, families and individuals will be encouraged to revalue their daughters and contribute in decreasing the practice of dowry, female foeticide and infanticide.
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