As many as 100 million women and girls are estimated to be “missing and unaccounted for” — mostly in Asia and Africa — as the quantitative impact of sex-selective abortions, sex slavery and horrific abuses against women is shown in available data, a new report claims.
Christian humanitarian agency Gospel for Asia released the report “One Hundred Million Missing Women” this week to provide an overview of the population crisis arising worldwide.
The new report cites experts who have used data available dating back to the 1980s to determine that between 90 to 100 million women and girls who should be alive today “simply do not exist.”
According to GFA, census studies on gender ratios in Asia show that there are 106 males to every 100 females. GFA founder K.P. Yohannan contends that while such a discrepancy might not seem like much, it actually speaks to the inequality and neglect that has led to the “excessive mortality of women.”
“As we in America celebrate Mother’s Day, the devaluation and horrendous treatment and abuse of women and girls is a global crisis,” Yohannan said in a statement. “In the poorest regions of the world, and especially in Asia, women’s lives are threatened from the womb to widowhood — and millions of these precious girls will not survive to become mothers.”
Author Karen Mains, who wrote the GFA report, said the devaluation of women and societal discrimination frequently faced by women is creating the global crisis.”
“The irony of the missing-women demographics — enabled by entrenched cultural attitudes and systemic discrimination against the female sex — is that many places in the world with a skewed sex ratio are now experiencing such high female shortages that there are no longer enough women to mate in marriage with the existing male population,” she wrote.
There are a number of different factors that play into the “wild imbalance” in sex ratio for certain countries.
According to Mains, there is a general consensus that the factors that are at play include female infanticide, sex-selective abortions, domestic violence, inadequate health care, lack of pregnancy and childbirth training as well as the “booming sex-slave industry.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith