Asia ‘missing’ 96 million women: UN

From Raw Story

Published: Monday March 8, 2010

Asia is “missing” about 96 million women — the vast majority in China and India — who died from discriminatory health care and neglect or who were never born at all, the UN estimated on Monday.

Female infanticide and sex-selective abortion have caused a severe gender imbalance in Asia, and the problem is worsening despite rapid economic growth in the region, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) report said.

“The old mindset with its preference for male children has now combined with modern medical technology” that makes it easier to predict and abort unborn girls, said Anuradha Rajivan, the report’s lead author.

“It is not just female infanticide but sex-selective abortion of unborn girls that cause so-called ‘missing’ females,” she said, contrasting the issue with recent improvements in female life expectancy and education.
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Remember the men call it cultural.  They can’t call it for what it is because misogyny and women hating are universal male cultural values perpetuated by religion and the sexist stereotyping that treats gender based behavior as something other than a construct.

US – Dr Marci Bowers helps helps women escape past of mutilation…

Denver Post 03-07-2010

Trinidad surgeon helps women escape past of mutilation

Karen Auge
The Denver Post

03/07/2010 02:21:56 AM MST

Dr. Marci Bowers slipped into a chair in Exam Room 3, folded one long leg over another, looked at her patienta young woman with wide eyes and a nervous smile — and got to the point.

“We want to help make your life better,” Bowers said.

Mariama is as tiny as the 5-foot-10-inch Bowers is formidable, as soft-spoken as Bowers is confident. Mariama speaks softly and smiles easily, but a few hours with her make clear that her determination is as strong as it is quiet.

She is 26 and lives with her husband and daughter in Virginia, and didn’t want her last name used. Originally, she is from Guinea, a country about the size of Oregon on Africa’s western coast. Guinea has about 10 million residents, and about 96 percent of the women there have, like Mariama, been genitally mutilated.

Continue reading at: http://www.denverpost.com/headlines/ci_14527014

Happy International Women’s Day

March 8th is International Women’s Day.

A day to celebrate the accomplishments of women, to celebrate the sisterhood of all women, to ponder not only that which divides us but that which unites us.

March is also Women’s history month.  Too often the history of women has been forgotten save that of queens and the wives of important men.

It is incumbent upon each and every one to to not only know the history of women but to see to it that women’s role in history is remembered.

Sometime it is a matter of firsts and tonight I witnessed a first.

When Kathryn Bigelow won an Academy Award for both Best film (The Hurt Locker) and best director, she  became the first woman to to do so.

See:

International Women’s Day

Women’s History Month