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Where have all the girls gone?

December 6, 2014

And another Girl’s Globe post…

Girls' Globe

Girl in Gaza. Violence against women and girls is a pandemic. Girl in Gaza. Violence against women and girls is a pandemic. Photo Credit: Ashley Lackovich-Van Gorp

In June, Gloria Steinem noted that this is the first time we’ve had fewer females in the world than males. And it’s because of the pandemic of violence against women and girls.

The symptoms of this plague take different forms across countries and cultures. While Asia is known for female infanticide, which is the selective abortion of female fetuses and the killing of newborn girls, the practice takes place in many African communities. Honor killings occur throughout the Middle East and intimate partner violence take the lives of women and girls throughout the globe, including in the United States and Europe. The United Nations Population Fund notes that pregnancy and childbirth together are the leading cause of death of adolescents in lower income countries – and that the overwhelming majority of these pregnancies occur…

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