Women’s Day

The United Nations adopted the 8th March as International Women’s day.

This general celebration of Women’s rights is still marred by injustices. Looking at some news reports there are still areas where women are not accepted. In fact, some are not given the right to life but discarded like trash.

Just a few days ago, on 6 March, press agencies reported an incident of female feticide in India. Police in the Indian state of Maharashtra found 19 female fetuses buried near a hospital. Female feticide is still rampant even though there are awareness campaigns. Sex-selective abortion is illegal in India but there is still widespread social preference for boys. The MacPherson report estimates that 100,000 abortions every year continue to be performed in India solely because the fetus is female.

The above report is just one example of  sex-selective abortion in many countries which in turn affects the composition of a population. Female humans being terminated, discarded like trash solely because they are viewed as having no value. There are many societal aspects and reasons for this which would need a much longer blog article.

In general this shows that in certain areas cultural norms view girls as being worthless in male dominated societies. According to the United Nations, 200 million girls are estimated to be missing around the world because of this ‘gendercide’. Not much to celebrate if you believe that women are life and give life.

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