Few issues divide people more sharply than abortion. So it is great
news when recently lawmakers across the political aisle in Britain voted 181
to 1 to ban sex-selective abortion. The overwhelming support for banning
abortion of a fetus based on its gender is progressive, moral and just.
But what about gendercide — the practice of killing baby girls, whether
aborted or neglected after birth? Surely, there is no room for disagreement
on the need to end gendercide.
For every woman who freely chooses to abort a girl, there are countless
others who are being forced to do so because of strong cultural preference
The sex-selective abortion of baby girls is not a pro-choice or a
pro-life issue. It is a human rights issue that must be
approached as an area of common ground. It is a woman’s right
to give birth to her daughter.
For most of us, hearing “it’s a girl” during a pregnancy
ultrasound is cause for celebration. But in many countries, this
phrase can be a death sentence. In fact, the words, “it’s a girl”
are the deadliest words on earth when heard during pregnancy.
According to a U.N. estimate , up to 200 million women are
missing in the world today due to gendercide.
In China, the birth ratio of girls to boys is the most skewed in
the world — approximately 100 girls born for every 118 boys.
When couples are restricted to one child, women often become
the focus of intense pressure by their husband and in-laws to
give birth to a boy.
A woman need not be dragged out of her home and strapped
down to a table to be a victim of forced abortion. Crushing
social, economic, political and personal pressures in cultures
with a strong son preference trample women who are pregnant
with a girl.
All too often, women in these cultures do not “choose” their
daughters for abortion. They are forced. The ” Terracotta
Daughters ” exhibit recently on view in New York City gave
dramatic visual form to the girls that have been lost to the world
through sex-selective abortion — the haunting stares of an army
of the dead.
Because of gendercide, there are an estimated 37 million more
men than women in China. As a result, the presence of “excess
males” is one of the driving forces behind human trafficking and
sexual slavery , not only in China but in surrounding nations as
Alarmingly, China also has the highest female suicide rate of any country in
the world. According to the U.S. State Department China Human Rights
Report, the number of female suicides has risen sharply in recent years,
from 500 women per day to a staggering 590. I believe that this grim
statistic may be in some ways related to pressure on women to selectively
abort or abandon their daughters.
In India, the sex ratio at birth is 112 boys born for every 100 girls born.
Indian girls, moreover, die of disease and neglect at a much higher rate
Impoverished women in India are often manipulated or pressured into
sterilization , which is one way of population control. There are even mass
“sterilization camps” where women sometimes die of complications. Just this
week, in Chhattisgarh, one of India’s poorest areas, 11 out of 83 women who
were sterilized died.
This is the true “war on women” on a global scale.
That one-third of the world’s women — those living in China and India — are
deprived of their right to bear girls is the biggest women’s rights abuse on
earth. These women deserve a passionate response from groups that stand
for women’s rights. Yet the response of the U.S. women’s rights community
has ranged from tepid to confused .
My organization, Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, has launched the “Save
a Girl” campaign in rural China, and we are stopping gendercide, one baby
girl at a time.
We have fieldworkers in China who reach out to women who have learned
that they are pregnant with or have just given birth to a girl, and are being
pressured to abort or abandon her. A fieldworker will visit that woman and
say, “Don’t abort or abandon your baby just because she’s a girl. She’s a
precious daughter. We will give you a monthly stipend for a year to help
you support her.”
The practical support we offer empowers these women to keep their
daughters. Our effort has helped more than 120 families keep their
daughters. We plan to launch a “Save a Girl” campaign in India in 2015 as
Every struggling mother in China and India deserves help to keep her
daughter. Together, we can end gendercide one girl at a time and sweep
sex-selective abortion into the dung-heap of history, where it belongs.
In a nutshell, Kenya’case remains as daunting as never before. Ladies can’t be allowed to enjoy their freedom of expression; Some goons masquerading in town just get so attracted to their outfit that they gio stripping them alleging that its indecent and provocative. Methinks the constitution is clear on the fundermental human rights. Ignorance is no defence particularly when it comes to violation of human rights. Lets protect our mothers and sisters. We are all equal before God.