India suffers from a significant gender imbalance as a result of the preference for having male children, which the widespread use of ultrasound techniques and the increase in income have helped to facilitate. Today, the ratio of men to women is the highest since the country gained independence in 1947. In 2011, there were 914 girls per 1,000 boys. The increase in this imbalance shows how a changing India is still struggling with the gender issue.

As has already been shown, laws are not enough to stop mistreatment of women. For this reason, this country has implemented extreme measures to try to protect women from possible male abuse. One of them is the use of women-only train cars, an increase in the number of female police officers, the availability of more police officers at night, the revision of public transport drivers and the prohibition of tinted windows. A helpline was also set up for women in trouble.

In addition, various organizations – including UN Women – consider that the approval of the draft reserve law for women is necessary, which would allow a third of parliamentary seats to be occupied by them. The women who inhabit the country can only hope that the announced policies begin to bear fruit, to be free of the mistreatment that haunts them and overshadows the economic and political achievements that India has developed in recent times.

I leave you a phrase to remember

“Always leave enough time in your life to do something that makes you happy, leaves you satisfied and brings you joy. This has more power over our well-being than any other economic factor ”Paul Hawken

Since then, and with the house already running, we travel to Lalibela every year, to visit our children, their families, and to review the operation of all aspects of our project.

Already established as NGOs, both in Spain and in Ethiopia, we want to continue developing actions that culminate in all our children having all the necessary assistance, and being able to attend secondary school.

But all this would not fit if we did not have the enormous emotional bond that unites us to the country thanks to our son Matusala, whom we went to look for in 2009.


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