Gendercide is the silent elimination of females, young and old, through sex-selective abortion, infanticide, gross neglect and for older women, lack of access to food and shelter.
Today there are 117 million women and girls missing in the world.
Salomi Sanuar's mother earned $60. knitting 20 pairs of booties in just over a week. She normally earns $18./month as a domestic. The extra income makes a tremendous impact for her family's well-being.
Our HIO mothers knitting baby
booties for the Gendercide project.
ACTION – modest financial support to at-risk women. We commission baby booties from women’s cooperatives overseas, paying fair prices.
ART– exhibit using 11,700 pairs of handmade baby booties from around the world. Each pair represents 10,000 missing women. A take-action section, based on Half the Sky, by Nicolas Kristof and Sheryl Wudunn follows. Opens in Dallas in 2016.
Hena, at far right, with her mother and sisters.
The GENDERCIDE AWARENESS PROJECT, is a worldwide effort that our HIO mothers were invited to participate in, contributing 200 pairs of handmade baby booties for which they were paid a very good wage. As a result, we're considering implementing other women's craft projects as pilot programs to help our mothers earn much needed extra income.
Gendercide AWARENESS PROJECT
EDUCATING THE ILLITERATE MOTHERS OF OUR SPONSORED GIRLS
IS VITALLY IMPORTANT AND WE TRY TO ORGANIZE CLASSES EVERY YEAR.
Lalitpur School, HIO mothers at their first basic literacy class orientation.
Jeeva and Neeha, the 16-year-old sisters of 5th grader, Bijeswori School student Hena Ansari, were not allowed by their father to go to school. But, they came to Bal Kendra for the afterschool help session everyday and learned to read. After many talks with their father, he finally allowed the girls to be in school. They're now in the 6th grade.