Gendercide & Femicide
Throughout human history, a bias against women has affected children, adults, and the pre-born, with effects ranging from day-to-day inequalities to violence. Gendercide, the systematic killing of a specific gender, is estimated to have caused a staggering 3.4% of the global female population to have gone ‘missing’. The practice occurs in rural areas as sons are favoured for physical labour to support the family. Cultural habits can persist even in new settings and new socioeconomic conditions..
Child marriage occurs more frequently among girls who are the least educated, poorest and living in rural areas. Investing in girls, developing their social and economic assets, giving them access to education and health services, and ensuring that they can postpone marriage until they are ready means greater dignity for women. Read more..