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UNICEF Photo Illustrates Plight of Girl Child in India

on 2001/6/22 9:49:02 ( 1308 reads )


NEW YORK, NEW YORK, June 13, 2001: A UNICEF picture of an Indian mother with her twin children -- a boy and a severely malnourished girl -- has become a symbol of the plight of the girl child in India. The picture has been used to epitomize the discriminatory feeding practices in India at a briefing, "Saving Women's Lives: The Impact of Violence on Safe Motherhood Worldwide", in New York. The briefing also covered issues of the Taliban's role in denying Afghan women adequate healthcare, health status of immigrant women in the US, and domestic violence and abuse of women by present or former partners all over the world. The UN Undersecretary General said, "Violence is something that all countries and classes have in common. One in three women worldwide has probably experienced violence in some form, by someone close to her. It is the result of sex-related abortions that we have 60 million fewer girls than expected."

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