Thursday, July 5, 2007


Shakti Vahini to conduct workshop on human rights
HERALD NEWS BUREAUPANJIM, APRIL 13 — Indian journalists will participate in an upcoming two-day workshop in the State, to focus on two pressing human rights issues, human trafficking and the selective abortions of females.
The workshop is scheduled for April 23 and 24 and about 50 journalists have already been selected to participate. The Indian human rights group Shakti Vahini is organizing the event with support from the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), according to a report in the International Journalists Network.The workshop will help the journalists learn more about covering the issues of human trafficking and female feticide. A recent study by the British medical journal The Lancet found that about one in every 25 female fetuses is aborted in India – or about 500,000 per year. The practice has deeper implications for society, as there are about nine girls born for every 10 boys in India, the report stated.

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