Our Violent Economy is Hurting Women

Violence against women is as old as patriarchy.

Traditional patriarchy has structured our worldviews and mindsets, our social and cultural worlds, on the basis of domination over women and the denial of their full humanity and right to equality. But it has intensified and become more pervasive in the recent past. It has taken on more brutal forms, like the murder of the Delhi gang rape victim and the recent suicide of a 17-year-old rape victim in Chandigarh.

In India, rape cases and cases of violence against women have increased over the years. The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) reported 10,068 rape cases in 1990, which increased to 16496 in 2000. With 24,206 cases in 2011, rape cases jumped to incredible increase of 873 percent from 1971 when NCRB started to record cases of rape. And Delhi has emerged as the rape capital  of India, accounting for 25 percent of …

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UN September 2011 Album


From UN September 2011, posted by Medical Mission Sisters at the UN on 1/20/2013 (9 items)

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Informal Thematic Debate on International Migration

On 19th May a debate on international Migration and development was conducted at the UN in preparation to a General Assembly dialogue in 2013. Secretary General (SG) asked “how many of you are living out side of your country of origin?”  He said including you and me today 3% of the world’s population approximately 214 million live out side the countries of their birth. Girls and women now account for nearly half of all international migrants and 16% of it are under the age 20.

There are positive and negative effects of migration. Officially recorded remittance flows to developing countries totaled US $ 325 billion in 2010.Migrants vary from  professionals to those doing 3D jobs- (dangerous, difficult and dirty) face heightened risk of  discrimination  and more vulnerable to abuse of fundamental human rights. Human trafficking is another issue related to migration. While discussing the challenges and opportunities, International migration is …

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Rio +20 UN Conference

The UN conference which took place at Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, popularly called Rio+ 20 was a very enriching experience for MMS delegates Molly Vadaken and Celine P who  participated in the event.

20 years after the 1992 Earth Summit,100+ world leaders and more than12,000 individuals were reported to have registered to attend the official Rio+20 event  and another 30,000 participated in one or more of the up to 3000 unofficial parallel events and 500 events organized by governments that took place throughout Rio de Janeiro. Besides at the peoples’ summit held in Flamingo Park (same venue as of 1992) several thousand activists, local and indigenous people and religious gathered to educate, protest and encourage one another for a  just and sustainable future.

Several initiatives/commitments were taken by individuals, civil society and universities. The “Future Earth” initiative, a research-based collaboration between several UN agencies and others was one among …

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