Too few girls are storing up trouble for India and China

The destruction of female foetuses is no longer just an Asian problem, but is spreading to Europe and storing up trouble for the future

The World Today Updated 4 January 2021 Published 1 April 2015 4 minute READ

Andrea den Boer

Senior Lecturer, School of Politics and International Relations, University of Kent

Twenty five years ago, the economist Amartya Sen drew attention to the one hundred million missing women worldwide caused by the neglect of girls and women that resulted in higher mortality rates for women than men.During the past two decades, increased economic development, coupled with a global focus on gender equality – particularly following the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing and the attention given to women’s issues in the Millennium Development Goals – has led to a reduction in excess female mortality throughout the world and effectively eliminated the gender bias in death rates.

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