Female infanticide worldwide: the case for action by the UN Human Rights Council

This report examines female infanticide worldwide with Liechtenstein having the highest skewed sex ratio at birth with 126 males/100 females, followed by China, Armenia, India, Azerbaijan, Viet Nam, Albania, Georgia, South Korea, Tunisia, Nigeria, Pakistan and Nepal. The report exposes that not only ultrasonography machines but 'reproductive tourism' is the next cause of female foeticide. Millions of girls go missing each year and as per UNFPA over 170 million girls are missing in Asia alone. Yet, the UNSDGs failed to specifically refer to sex selective abortion as one of the harmful practices. There is an urgent need to mobilise the UN, other multilateral organisations and the member States of the UN for more proactive actions to address the menace of the “missing girls” worldwide.

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