Pushing For an End to Gendercide in China
Evan Grae Davis is the director of the film “It’s A Girl,” a documentary film asking why nearly 200 million women are missing in the world today– killed, aborted and abandoned simply because they are girls. Evan is also spearheading an awareness campaign on Causes.com to end gendercide in China and around the world. Evan is on a mission to mobilize a movement to restore dignity and value to the girls of India and China. Click to learn more about the campaign on Causes.com.
By Evan Grae Davis:
In India, China and many other parts of the world today, girls are killed, aborted and abandoned simply because they are girls. The United Nations estimates as many as 200 million girls are missing in the world today because of this female genocide, or what many are calling “gendercide”. Girls who survive infancy are often subject to neglect, and many grow up to face extreme violence and even death at the hands of their own husbands or other family members.
One example is China’s One Child Policy, which has led to the deaths of tens of millions of girls, simply because of their gender. Due to existing cultural preferences for sons rather than daughters, many Chinese families are abandoning, aborting, or hiding their female children. As a result, there are now 37 million more men than women living in China. This gender imbalance has in turn led to an increase in sex trafficking, child brides, and prostitution.
Shot on location in India and China, the It’s a Girl documentary reveals the issue. It asks why this is happening, and why so little is being done to save girls and women.
In the wake of a recent Capitol Hill screening of It’s A Girl– one of hundreds of screenings occurring around the world, Congressman Chris Smith joined with Reggie Littlejohn, president of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, and other members of the Coalition Against Gendercide at the Capitol to highlight the more than 200,000 petitions signed by people around the world, through the Causes.com platform, demanding that China end forced abortion and sterilization under the One Child Policy, and take action against gendercide.
Following the press conference, Congressman Smith, Littlejohn and I attempted to deliver the petitions to the Chinese Embassy in Washington, but the embassy staff refused to open the doors to accept them!
This war against women must end! We are committed to delivering the petitions and making your voices heard. Another major petition delivery to an undisclosed Chinese Embassy will be attempted next week so please continue to sign the petition so even more signatures will be delivered at each attempt. We will not allow China to shut its door on the millions of women and girls impacted by gendercide and forced abortion!