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Missing – Over 100 Million Females

Missing – Over 100 Million Females

Over 100 million missing women – that’s the number Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen came up with in 1990, referring to the number of females aborted, killed or neglected to death in China, South Asia, West Asia and North Africa. That was then, and this is now. Most of us know that China and northern India have unnaturally large numbers of boys. But you may not realize how bad the problem is, or that it is getting worse.

In China the imbalance between the sexes was 108 boys to 100 girls in the late 1980s; now more than 120 boys are being born for every 100 girls. (Statistics reveal that slightly more boys than girls are born naturally, but nothing like this.) And although the situation is most extreme in China, it has spread far and wide. According to the Economist in their March 6 leader, “Other East Asian countries, including Taiwan and Singapore, former communist states in the western Balkans and the Caucasus, and even sections of America’s population: all these have distorted sex ratios….. it is no exaggeration to call this gendercide.”

Why this destruction? The Economist cites three main reasons: the ancient preference for sons; the modern wish for smaller families; ultrasound technologies that identify the sex of a fetus, leading to the common procedure of gender selection abortions.

As a result of these policies, there is a huge gender imbalance: In terms of China, possibly the worst offender, more than 24 million Chinese men of marrying age could find themselves without spouses by 2020, according to a study issued in January by the government-backed Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.The gender imbalance among newborns is the most serious demographic problem for the country’s population of 1.3 billion, says the academy.

There are other side effects:
*  The growing gender imbalance means that bride abduction, forced prostitution and human trafficking have become “rampant” in some parts of the country, according to the researchers.

* The World Health Organization reports that female suicide rates in China are among the highest in the world.

All this is horrible news for women and women’s rights. A policy that dictates the aborting of female fetuses seems unthinkable in the 21st century; yet not only is the practice in place, it is actually growing.

One country has been able to halt this female infanticide. In the 1990s, South Korea had a sex ratio similar to China’s. Thanks to female education, anti-discrimination lawsuits and equal-rights rulings, this has changed and their statistics reveal an almost-normal gender ratio today.

All countries need to raise the value of girls, and do whatever it takes to slow down and stop this horrifying female infanticide.
  

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11:13AM PDT on Aug 11, 2011

this is very wrong y should a country dictate what child the adults should hve i cant belive wen i read this china BS it is appalling to say in the least y should they tell them only one child well that child will feel alone for the rest of there lives i knw i would if i was a only child stop this segaration of females let more females be born or u knw what will happen the guys will go the oppsite way an well u firgure out the rest more females needed not males

5:35PM PDT on Aug 7, 2011

It's just sickening.

12:30AM PDT on Jun 11, 2011

Only when there is a balancing of both sexes in the world will the rest come into balance .. what amazes me is that these countries all understand the yin and yang aspects but are totally going against their own beliefs I find this amazing in itself ...

4:26AM PDT on Jun 10, 2011

what is the world coming too females go missing that is not right they sweet an very innocent they should not hve too suffer beco'z some law re:what gender there child should be that is so wrong plz give them the same respect as korea has adapted plz

12:22AM PDT on Jun 10, 2011

awful

10:01PM PDT on Apr 22, 2010

China & India have far too many people anyway, however that does not justify the killing of female foetuses. They should vasectomise most of the men in these countries so that the populations there can return to some kind of normality.

10:41AM PDT on Mar 30, 2010

Gendercide is China and India. Now wonder in China men can't find wives! Because there's just not enough women! THey don't use common sense. I was talking about it with my Mom a week ago because I was reading about an Indian soap era that is trying to change that traditional mentality that male figures patriarcal - have towards females, they just want sons (males).... I work for an NGO, and so does my Mom and we're fighting for social justice and human rights - gender equality, workers' rights....

1:14PM PDT on Mar 28, 2010

Carole: It the cause for all of the women mentioned above to have abortions for only their female children were for the child's protection, wouldn't the best option be to prevent the pregnancy in the first place? I am not passing judgement on women who have this procedure done. All I am saying is that I can only imagine that this is not a desired procedure for anyone.

If these couples are not ready to cherish any child that they conceive, then they are obviously not ready to have a child at all.

2:21PM PDT on Mar 22, 2010

This just incredible and horrible beyond words!

7:29AM PDT on Mar 21, 2010

Female abductions, sme-sex affairs, prostitution and other abnormal ways of life, will grow exponentially in China and other places!
If the one child marriage is still in place in China, this will make it even worse as people would rather have an abortion than have a babygirl.
We try and do everything in our power to uplift womens rights but this is something no one outside those countries, are able to do even the tiniest thing about it!

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