Gendercide: 200 million women missing
In many parts of the world, but especially China and India, girls are killed, aborted and abandoned simply for being girls.
The United Nations estimates that as many as 200 million girls are missing in the world today because of “gendercide” or female infanticide.
According to Marina Porras, “female infanticide is the intentional killing of baby girls due to the preference for male babies and from the low value associated with the birth of females.”
Gendercide exists on almost every continent, affecting rich and poor, educated and illiterate, Hindu, Muslim, Confucian and Christian alike.
In order to confront the situation and prevent a serious gender imbalance, all countries need to raise the value of girls. NGOs, global experts and grassroots activists are campaigning for change, including The 50 Million Missing campaign, set up to stop India’s female genocide.
In three generations more than 50 million women have been selectively eliminated from India’s population through practices like female feticide, infanticide, intentional starvation of girls and dowry related murders.
It’s a girl, a film being released this year, documents the practice of gendercide in India and China. The trailer’s most chilling scene is one in which an Indian woman who, unable to contain her laughter, confesses to having killed eight infant daughters.
We live in a world of seven billion people with a sex ratio of 986 females per 1,000 males. But can you imagine a world with a ratio of 45:55 or 40:60?
Unless serious action is taken to stop female infanticide, we are headed towards a situation with an overwhelmingly male population with little notion of how to face the problems that the imbalance will inevitably bring.