40,800 female births doomed in Vietnam every year – VnExpress International

Every year, the long-standing preference for boys in Vietnam’s society terminates 40,800 baby girls before they are born, according to the United Nations Population Fund.

Globally, this figure is estimated at 1.18 million each year, with 666,300 in mainland China (including Taiwan and Hong Kong), and 461,500 in India.

Naomi Kitahara, UNFPA representative in Vietnam, said because of decades of gender-biased sex selection and the neglect of daughters relative to sons, a shocking 140 million girls globally are missing today from the world’s population.

“When men far outnumber women, social problems can emerge, exacerbating forms of gender-based violence, including rape, coerced sex, sexual exploitation, trafficking and child marriage,” she told the event to launch the report in Hanoi.

Source: 40,800 female births doomed in Vietnam every year – VnExpress International

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  1. This is hardly new? ‘Boys’ were always the preferred gender in ALL countries some, particularly agrarian by nature, gave away, murdered, sold girls at birth. When I had my first child in 1951 my husband’s work colleagues clapped him on the back as some kind of hero..all because the baby was a boy! It all comes down to finances of course. The landed gentry in UK was greatly disappointed if the first child was a female! With women one is NEVER sure that the bloodline remains ‘pure'(hence chastity belts)! I think that until equality exists nothing will change BUT even then that doubt about bloodline will still exist!

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