Victims of ‘Gendercide’ Ignored as U.N. Women Celebrate ‘Day of the Girl Child’

By Amy Furr | October 17, 2016 | 2:19pm EDT


( -- Although U.N. Women organization celebrated “International Day of the Girl Child” on Oct. 11, in a statement released the same day, Founder and President of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers Reggie Littlejohn criticized the organization for ignoring the estimated 200 million Chinese women who would not be celebrating the day because they were victims of sex-selective abortion or “gendercide.”

“The message of sex-selective abortion is that girls and women do not deserve to live,” said Littlejohn.  “The selective elimination of 200 million women demands the passionate outrage of the women’s movement. It should be the number one priority of the international women’s movement.”

The theme for “International Day of the Girl Child” that was celebrated by U.N. Women was “Girl’s Progress = Goal’s Progress: A Global Girl Data Movement,” a “call for action for increased investment for improving data on girls and addressing the issues that are holding them back.”

U.N. Women was created by the United Nations General Assembly in 2010 to accelerate “the Organization’s goals on gender equality and the empowerment of women.”

The vision of the organization is to eliminate “discrimination against women and girls, empowerment of women; and achieve equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.”

According to Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, in traditional Chinese culture boys are favored over girls, which only accounts for one of the reasons why such high numbers of girls are being aborted.

“Due to the availability of ultrasound technology, sex-selective abortion is practiced and tens of millions of girls are aborted,” said the organization on its website. “There are 117 boys born for every 100 girls born in China, and in some areas the number is as high as 130 boys born for every 100 girls.”

In the Oct. 11 press release, the advocacy group highlighted the story of one baby girl named “Lian” who was rescued from gendercide through the efforts of their “Save a Girl” campaign in Communist China.  


“Lian’s mother gratefully accepted our offer of help,” reads the statement. “She gave birth to Lian, a beautiful and healthy baby girl, and she is delighted with her new daughter. Lian’s mother told our fieldworker that, without our help, she ‘would have no chance to see her daughter; who now makes her so happy.’”

“In honor of International Day of the Girl Child, won’t you help us save more girls like Lian?” Littlejohn asked. “So far, we have saved more than 200 girls, and yet there are more who are being aborted and abandoned just because they are girls. Each one of these girls is infinitely precious.” 

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