Today is known as Giving Tuesday, and on this day it is our greatest desire that you would consider giving to the women and girls of China. We are working with Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, an international coalition that opposes forced abortion and sexual slavery in China. Our goal is to raise public awareness regarding the coercive enforcement of China’s One Child Policy, the connection between this coercion and human trafficking in Asia, and the other human rights abuses that arise out of this coercive enforcement.
Amnesty International's Premiere of It’s a Girl in Hong Kong with Presentation from Women's Rights Without Frontiers’ President Reggie Littlejohn
Littlejohn, an internationally-recognized expert and opponent of China’s One-Child Policy, presented after the Hong Kong premiere of It’s a Girl.
Littlejohn is featured in the film, which vividly details rampant coercion under China’s population policy. Screenings of the documentary took place at the Hong Kong Arts Centre on November 18th and 19th.
President, Women’s Rights Without Frontiers
Forced Abortion in China Will Continue, Despite “Easing” of One Child Policy Under the misleading headline, “China to Ease One-Child Policy,” Xinhua reports that China will now lift the ban on a second child, if either parent is an only child. This minor reform will not “ease” the One Child Policy. It will merely tweak it.
Director Evan Grae Davis announces a major new film project carrying on the story begun by It's a Girl!
Female - The World War on Women is a documentary film addressing the various forms of violence and abuse suffered by women on every continent around the globe. While exploring personal stories illustrating an array of issues such as the feminization of poverty, gendercide, female genital mutilation, child marriage, and the objectification and exploitation of women, experts seek to identify the cultural mindsets and traditions that result in such human rights violations while activists offer hope of change through viable solutions.
This is a special message from It's a Girl director, Evan Grae Davis.
On November 12th, I will be announcing a major new film project carrying on the story begun by It's a Girl! This will be your one and only opportunity to sign up to receive the exciting news!
But first, I want to personally thank you and the hundreds of thousands of others who have joined the It's a Girl cause and have added your voice to the movement to end gendercide in India and China. Together, we have succeeded in elevating the plight of millions of women suffering under gendercide to a whole new level of action and awareness all over the world!
Guest Blog Post provided by Sarpreet Kahlon
Sarpreet is a third year student at McMaster University (Hamilton, Ontario) and is studying Health Sciences. She began a club last year called United Against Gendercide with the hope of creating awareness and inspiring students to unite in the fight against gender discrimination.
United Against Gendercide's first event was a screening of It's a Girl at McMaster University, where they had the opportunity to effectively outline the objective of the club to McMaster students. "The first step towards creating change is raising awareness and educating individuals and we truly felt this film provided us with exactly that opportunity." -Sarpreet Kahlon
We're thrilled to announce that It's a Girl will be available on iTunes and DVD next month. The release coincides with the anniversary of China's brutal One Child Policy on September 25. Pre-orders will be available from September 10.
Throughout the month we'll be releasing several exclusive clips from the DVD special features as we lead up to the release date, so stay tuned!
Human rights issues as widespread as gendercide demand a worldwide response. To truly mobilize a global movement to see gendercide come to an end, people must be able to learn about the issue in their own language.
Before launching our screening campaign in 2012, we prioritized the translation of It's a Girl into several major languages including Spanish, French, Chinese and Hindi.
In 1985 Mary Anne Warren first coined the term 'gendercide’, a neologism that refers to gender selective mass killing. In India gendercide takes the form of ‘femicide’, the systematic destruction of females from birth through to middle-age, and the statistically abnormal female mortality is the result of foeticide, infanticide, neglect, violence, murder and suicide.
It’s a Girl film director Evan Grae Davis was recently invited to speak at TEDxGrandRapids, engaging an audience of 750 leaders, influencers and innovators from the West-Michigan area on May 9th, 2013.
After two months, Delhi Police has filed a chargesheet in a city court against the two men who kidnapped and brutally raped a five-year-old girl in east Delhi. Under the stringent provisions of a newly enacted law for protection of children, the men face maximum punishment of life imprisonment.
The State Department’s annual Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP report) has downgraded China to a Tier 3 nation – a status it now shares with Iran, Sudan and North Korea. Tier 3 nations may be subject to sanctions, if approved by the U.S. President. A Chinese official responded with indignation, calling the downgrade an “arbitrary judgment.”
Women's Rights in China
It's A Girl is a very successful documentary where we see how the cultures of China and India have shared many similarities in discrimination against girls. This kind of backwardness and ignorance have threatened the lives of many baby girls. In contrast with India, it was China’s One-Child Policy that exacerbates the persecution of women and offsets the already serious gender imbalance in the country. Experts estimate that the current gender ratio at birth in China is 119:100, and particularly rural areas as high as 125-135:100. In the next 20 years, more than 40 million men will not be able to marry. This problem is not just a social disaster, but is also a grave threat to world peace.
Women Deliver is a global advocacy organization bringing together voices from around the world to call for action to improve the health and well-being of girls and women. The third global conference was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from May 28-30, 2013. This year, Women Deliver's Cinema Corner dedicated three days to film screenings that would run parallel to the various presentations. It's a Girl was selected to screen on the first day, and the music video for It's a Girl featuring original music by Omekongo Dibinga screened on the third day.
If you haven't yet seen the official It's a Girl music video, you can watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHE_3vRkpwk
Guest Blog Post provided by Navneet Gill
Nanveet is a high school student at Abbotsford Traditional Secondary School. She attended GirlKIND's first event and screening of It's a Girl last September. She left the event feeling motivated and inspired. So much so, that she did an interactive presentation on the film and the issue of gendercide to her classmates, hoping to raise awareness and motivate others to react.
Nanveet is only 14 and has become an active member of GirlKIND. The following is Nanveet's personal blog about gendercide.
Yet another horrific story arises as the struggle on behalf of women and girls continues. In New Delhi, India, when the worried parents of a missing 5-year-old child tried filing a missing person's report, the police ignored the parents and the case. After the child was kidnapped, two adult men held her hostage for two days while they repeatedly gang-raped the helpless girl. The men sexually tortured the 5-year-old, inserting candles and bottles into her private parts. When the callous men were done with her, they tried to strangle the child and fled the apartment where they held her captive.
BBC Radio ran a major feature last week on the issue of gender-based abortion in countries including India & China. Shelagh Fogarty of BBC Radio 5 Live played excerpts from It's a Girl and explored gendercide through first hand testimonies and expert commentary, including Dr. Mitu Khurana, Dr. Puneet Bedi and Reggie Littlejohn, all of whom were featured in It's a Girl.
The program audio can be played below. We commend the BBC for giving attention to this important issue!
BBC Investigative Report on Gendercide, featuring It's a Girl
Chinese Embassy Staff Refuse to Accept Delivery of Two Hundred Thousand Petitions Calling on China to End Gendercide
In the wake of the Capitol screening of It’s A Girl Tuesday evening, Wednesday, Congressman Chris Smith joined with Reggie Littlejohn, president of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, and other members of the Coalition Against Gendercide at the Capitol to highlight the more than two hundred thousand petitions signed by people around the world, through the Causes platform, demanding that China end forced abortion and sterilization under the One Child Policy, and take action against gendercide.
Bipartisan Members of U.S. Congress Stand With The Coalition Against Gendercide to Host It’s a Girl Screening
Congressmen Chris Smith (R-NJ), Jim Moran (D-VA), and Mark Meadows (R-NC) joined with the nonpartisan Coalition Against Gendercide to host a special screening of It's A Girl in the Capitol building in Washington D.C., in conjunction with the Tom Lantos Commission on Human Rights. The members of Congress were joined by congressional staff, NGO leaders and members of the media for this groundbreaking event.