Published on Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd, by Françoise, Dec. 15, 2011.
At a meeting of the religious of different communities in Geneva on Sunday, November 6, I showed a film. The theme of the meeting was: “Women in a world of insecurity.” The film showed five different forms of discrimination against women (sex selective abortion and female infanticide, female genital mutilation, domestic violence, human trafficking and rape in time of war). The film was released by the DCAF Center (Democratic Control of Armed Forces).
I propose the theme of selective abortion and female infanticide for our reflection in this month of December. This is practice in some countries such as the India, China, Pakistan and Bangladesh where the male child is preferred to the female. The birth of a daughter may even be regarded as a disgrace, and India, more, as a financial disaster, since the parents must pay a high dowry for her to marry, despite the fact that the payment of dowries was prohibited 30 years ago. Equality is written in the law, but is not respected in practice. Sex- selective abortion is a reality among both rich and poor and among those of all levels of education. It is estimated to have been the cause of the deaths of 10 million female fetuses in the past 20 years.
According to UNICEF female infanticide is defined as murder of a girl in the first weeks of her birth. It is a brutal form of family planning in some societies, where the boy is valued higher than the girl … (full text).