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Porto de Cascais

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Alfama, Lisboa, Portugal

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Sintra, Portugal

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Red balloon floating in the Ebro

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Dawn over Chiclana, Cádiz

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Playa de La Barrosa, Chiclana, Cádiz

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Folded chairs in Jerez de La Frontera

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Semana Santa en Jerez de la Frontera, Cádiz

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Sancti Petri out there...

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Dawn in Chiclana, Cádiz

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Playa de Tarifa. Parque Natural del Estrecho

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River crossing in the Sahara

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Amanece en La Caleta, Cádiz

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Todra and Dades gorges, Morocco

I love Africa. Amo Africa. J'aime l'Afrique… and I think Africa loves me too!

♫♪♫ Ya Habibi ♫♪♫ Warda

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Enfants berberes

Save the girl child campaign by SOCIAL GEOGRAPHIC

According to one United Nations estimate, 113 to 200 million women are demographically missing from the world today. That is to say, there should be 113 to 200 million more women walking the earth, who aren’t. By that same estimate, 1.5 to 3 million women and girls lose their lives every year because of gender-based neglect or gender-based violence and Sexual Violence in Conflict ( Read more about UN Action against Sexual Violence in Conflict www.stoprapenow.org/ ). We can point a finger at poverty. But poverty alone does not result in these women’s deaths; the blame also falls on the social system and attitudes of the societies.

India alone accounts for more than 50 million of the women who are missing due to female foeticide - the sex-selective abortion of girls, dowry death, gender-based neglect and all forms of violence against women.

Since the late 1970s when the technology for sex determination first came into being, sex selective abortion has unleashed a saga of horror in India. Experts are calling it sanitized barbarism.The 2001 Census conducted by Government of India, showed a sharp decline in the child sex ratio in 80% districts of India. The Census Report of 2001 reveals a highly skewed child sex ratio (0-6 year-olds), that fell from 945 females per 1,000 males in 1991 to an all-time low of 927 in 2001. The ratio even dropped further to 800:1,000 in some specific parts of the country. Additional data from the India’s birth and death registration service indicates that the figures have further fallen to fewer than 900 females per 1,000 men over the last few years.

The decline in the sex ratio and the millions of Missing Women are indicators of the feudal patriarchal resurgence. Violence against women has gone public – whether it is dowry murders, honour killings, sex selective abortions or death sentences awarded to young lovers from different communities by caste councils, it is only women’s groups who are protesting – the public and institutional response to these trends is very minimal.

IMAGINE A WORLD WITHOUT WOMEN

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El Tabanco, Jerez de la Frontera

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Papas a la huancaina

Cieneguilla, Lima, Perú

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Vigilando el Atlántico...

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Praia da Rainha, Portugal

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Cadiz, sunset

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