Holistic Approach to Ending Gendercide

Invisible Girl Project (IGP) seeks to end gendercide (the selective killing of girls and women) in India.  One of the ways IGP combats gendercide is by empowering women.  Specifically, we work with an Indian partner that gives women a means to produce an income.

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IGP’s partner provides a cow on “loan” to a mother of a little girl.  The mother will earn an income from the sale of the milk that the cow produces.  The mother then pays back the loan from the sale of each liter of milk.  The $1000 cow loan is usually paid back over a period of a year.  That money can then be used to “pay it forward” to the next woman in need.

This earned income empowers the women financially.  If their family members pressure them to kill their daughters or threaten to abandon them if they keep their daughters, the mothers have a way to provide for themselves and their daughters.  IGP has found that the mothers and baby girls are protected in these villages when the women have an opportunity to earn an income for their families.

For every $1000 we raise, we can give ONE COW to a family.

Cow loans are just one integral component to a holistic approach in the fight to end gendercide in India.

Watch this video for more information on the Invisible Girl Project:

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And, visit IGP’s new website, www.InvisibleGirlProject.org for more info! 

 

China Scraps Birth Permits; Violaters Will be “Punished”

The Chinese government announced this week that they will no longer require prior approval of first and second children for qualified couples under the new Two-Child Policy.

Littlejohn, President of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, stated:  “The fact that Birth Permits will no longer be required for first and second children is a positive development.  These Permits have been very difficult to obtain, sometimes requiring months of effort on the parts of couples seeking to have a child.  The English language announcement by the Chinese Communist Party-controlled media, however, omits important language that births not allowed by the two-child policy will be ‘punished.’ 

“It is still illegal in China for a single woman to give birth and such mothers will continue to face forced abortion.  Third children will continue to be aborted.  Family Planning Police will continue closely to monitor the fertility of women.  There is no promise that forced sterilizations after the second child – even a legal second child – will cease.”

An English translation of the full text of the paragraph abolishing birth permits reads as follows (emphasis added):

(VIII.)  Reforming the Management of Birth Service.  [The government] will implement the birth registration system; government approval is not needed for the birth of the first two children, and [such births] will be arranged by individual families.  [The government will] improve the management of childbirth for remarriages.  [The government will] simplify the procedures for such issues to make it convenient for the people.  [The government] will punish the birth of additional children outside of what is allowed in the Policy.

Littlejohn concluded:  “The Chinese Communist Party has not agreed to get out of the bedrooms of the Chinese people.  We need to keep the international pressure on the Chinese Communist Party until all coercive population control is eradicated.  Take action by signing our petition against forced abortion in China.”

 

Watch Stop Forced Abortion – China’s War on Women! Video (4 mins)

 


Reggie Littlejohn, President of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, testified before the Congressional Executive Commission on China on April 30th, 2015 to discuss this further.

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To read Littlejohn’s full testimony and her expert opinion on why China’s Communist Party will not eliminate the policy, please follow this link:

http://www.womensrightswithoutfrontiers.org/blog/?p=1995

Gendercide may well be the most serious human rights violation and form of discrimination against girls and women happening on earth today. As many as 200 million girls are missing because of gendercide and extreme human rights violations as we see with the enforcement of China’s one-child policy. Now is the time to stand up for girls and women everywhere!

 


The views expressed by guest contributors to the “It’s a Girl” blog represent the opinion of the individual author who contributes the content and should not be interpreted as being endorsed or approved by Shadowline Films. We feature these contributions to foster dialogue and exchange on gendercide and invite our readership to join the discussion.

 

 

 

Sevenly featuring Invisible Girl Project to Save Girls in India

This week, Sevenly is highlighting the work of It’s a Girl’s grassroots partner, Invisible Girl Project (IGP)!

Every shirt that Sevenly sells this week will support the work of Invisible Girl Project, such as help provide food, medical aid and protection to a young girl who is at risk of being abandoned or killed in India. Your support will not only rescue a little girl and help her mother keep and care for her, but also serves to restore the value of girls in the eyes of the community.

Watch this video for more information on the Invisible Girl Project:

Please go to www.sevenly.org/support-IGP and purchase a shirt to help SAVE THE LIFE OF A LITTLE GIRL IN INDIA today! 

And, visit IGP’s new website, www.InvisibleGirlProject.org for more info! 

 

China’s New Two-Child Policy Will Not End Gendercide or Forced Abortion

BREAKING: News reported today that China will move to a two-child policy

IAG- Chinas illegal daughtersXinhua News Agency reported today that China will move to a two-child policy for all couples, “abandoning its decades-long one-child policy.”

Characterizing this latest modification as “abandoning” the One-Child Policy is misleading.  A two-child policy will not end any of the human rights abuses caused by the One Child Policy, including forced abortion, involuntary sterilization or the sex-selective abortion of baby girls.

The reason given for this adjustment is entirely demographic: “to balance population development and address the challenge of an ageing population.”  The adjustment is a tacit acknowledgement that continuation of the one-child policy will lead to economic and demographic disaster. The policy was originally instituted for economic reasons. It is ironic that through this very policy, China has written its own economic death sentence.

Noticeably absent from the Chinese Communist party’s announcement is any mention of human rights. Even though it will now allow all couples to have a second child, China has not promised to end forced abortion, forced sterilization, or forced contraception.

Coercion is the core of the policy.  Instituting a two-child policy will not end forced abortion or forced sterilization.

The problem with the one-child policy is not the number of children “allowed.” Rather, it is the fact that the CCP is telling women how many children they can have and then enforcing that limit through forced abortion and forced sterilization.  There is no guarantee that the CCP will cease their appalling methods of enforcement.  Women will still have to obtain a government-issued birth permit, for the first and second child, or they may be subject to forced abortion.  It will still be illegal for an unmarried woman to have a child.  Regardless of the number of children allowed, women who get pregnant without permission will still be dragged out of their homes, strapped down to tables, and forced to abort babies that they want.

Further, instituting a two-child policy will not end gendercide. Indeed, areas in which two children currently are allowed are especially vulnerable to gendercide, the sex-selective abortion of females. According to the 2009 British Medical Journal study of data from the 2005 national census, in nine provinces, for “second order births” where the first child is a girl, 160 boys were born for every 100 girls. In two provinces, Jiangsu and Anhui, for the second child, there were 190 boys for every hundred girls born. This study stated, “sex selective abortion accounts for almost all the excess males.” Because of this gendercide, there are an estimated 37 million Chinese men who will never marry because their future wives were terminated before they were born. This gender imbalance is a powerful, driving force behind trafficking in women and sexual slavery, not only in China, but in neighboring nations as well.

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The government announcement does not mention the abolition of the household registration or hukou system, whereby children who are born without birth permits are denied birth certificates and are not eligible for healthcare or education.

Sending out the message that China has “abandoned” its one-child policy is detrimental to sincere efforts to stop forced abortion and gendercide in China, because this message implies that the one-child policy is no longer a problem. In a world laden with compassion fatigue, people are relieved to cross China’s one-child policy off of their list of things to worry about. But we cannot do that. Let us not abandon the women of China, who continue to face forced abortion, and the baby girls of China, who continue to face sex-selective abortion and abandonment. The one-child policy does not need to be modified. It needs to be abolished.


Reggie Littlejohn, President of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, testified before the Congressional Executive Commission on China on April 30th, 2015 to discuss this further.

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To read Littlejohn’s full testimony and her expert opinion on why China’s Communist Party will not eliminate the policy, please follow this link:

http://www.womensrightswithoutfrontiers.org/blog/?p=1995

Gendercide may well be the most serious human rights violation and form of discrimination against girls and women happening on earth today. As many as 200 million girls are missing because of gendercide and extreme human rights violations as we see with the enforcement of China’s one-child policy. Now is the time to stand up for girls and women everywhere!


The views expressed by guest contributors to the “It’s a Girl” blog represent the opinion of the individual author who contributes the content and should not be interpreted as being endorsed or approved by Shadowline Films. We feature these contributions to foster dialogue and exchange on gendercide and invite our readership to join the discussion.

AmazonSmile Donates to Invisible Girl Project to Save Girls in India

igpDo you shop on Amazon.com? We are happy to share this great news! With AmazonSmile, now you can support Invisible Girl Project just by doing what you already do: shop.

Please consider selecting Invisible Girl Project as your charity of choice! IGP is one of our action partners seeking to end the atrocity of gendercide in India. IGP raises global awareness concerning the loss of female lives in India, pursues justice for the lives lost, and assists Indian organizations in the rescue of and care for Indian girls.

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Be sure to shop at smile.amazon.com and look for this indicator and Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase to Invisible Girl Project:
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Visit IGP’s website, www.InvisibleGirlProject.org for more info! 

 

India Floods the Internet With #SelfieWithDaughter Photos

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As part of his Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao (Save the Daughter, Educate the Daughter) campaign, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a call to his country to celebrate the girl child in one of today’s most popular ways: using social media. His appeal was for parents to share a photo with their daughter using the hashtag #SelfieWithDaughter, and thousands positively responded.

I urge all of you, share a #SelfieWithDaughter. Also share a tagline that will encourage ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ : PM @narendramodi

— PMO India (@PMOIndia) June 28, 2015

PM Modi mentioned in an interview with the Indian Express that the idea for this social media push was brought to him by the head of a small village in Haryana, which has one of the most skewed sex ratio in the country. Bibipur, or “the women’s world,” is a village in Haryana that is working on spreading awareness of women’s issues and bringing women into the limelight. Read more here.

This campaign is certainly an inspiring example of culture change! It proves that a small group of people can have a significant impact when they stand for justice. 

Thank you for standing with us and the It’s a Girl campaign to end gendercide!

China’s One-Child Policy is Still Enforced Today

China has not “eased,” “relaxed” or “abandoned” the One-Child Policy, Despite Reports:

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Many have heard of reports that China is ridding of the One-Child policy that has been in effect for three and a half decades and has prompted countless numbers of enforced abortions and sterilization of Chinese women in those years. Unfortunately, this is not the case as the coercive policy is still strictly enforced.

Reggie Littlejohn, President of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, testified before the Congressional Executive Commission on China on April 30th, 2015 to discuss this further.

Littlejohn states:

“The problem with the one-child policy is not the number of children “allowed.” Rather, it is the fact that the CCP is telling women how many children they can have and then enforcing that limit through forced abortion and forced sterilization. Even if all couples were allowed two children, there is no guarantee that the CCP will cease their appalling methods of enforcement. Regardless of the number of children allowed, women who get pregnant without permission will still be dragged out of their homes, strapped down to tables, and forced to abort babies that they want.”

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To read Littlejohn’s full testimony and her expert opinion on why China’s Communist Party will not eliminate the policy, please follow this link:

http://www.womensrightswithoutfrontiers.org/blog/?p=1995

Gendercide may well be the most serious human rights violation and form of discrimination against girls and women happening on earth today. As many as 200 million girls are missing because of gendercide and extreme human rights violations as we see with the enforcement of China’s one-child policy. Now is the time to stand up for girls and women everywhere!


The views expressed by guest contributors to the “It’s a Girl” blog represent the opinion of the individual author who contributes the content and should not be interpreted as being endorsed or approved by Shadowline Films. We feature these contributions to foster dialogue and exchange on gendercide and invite our readership to join the discussion.

Sevenly featuring Invisible Girl Project to Save Girls in India

This week, Sevenly is highlighting the work of It’s a Girl’s grassroots partner, Invisible Girl Project (IGP)!

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Every shirt that Sevenly sells this week will support the work of Invisible Girl Project, such as help provide food, medical aid and protection to a young girl who is at risk of being abandoned or killed in India. Your support will not only rescue a little girl and help her mother keep and care for her, but also serves to restore the value of girls in the eyes of the community.

Watch this video for more information on the Invisible Girl Project:

Please go to www.sevenly.org/IGP and purchase a shirt to help SAVE THE LIFE OF A LITTLE GIRL IN INDIA today! 

And, visit IGP’s new website, www.InvisibleGirlProject.org for more info! 

 

NEWS UPDATE: Men Arrested for Gang Rape of 5-Year-Old Girl in Delhi

indiaAfter 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.

This is not an easy case to forget as it sparked public outrage against the police who refused to register the case, leading to the suspension and transfer of cops of various ranks including an ACP, caught on camera slapping a young girl who was part of a crowd protesting the incident.

Read the original blog here: https://www.itsagirlmovie.com/a-5-year-old-is-gang-raped-in-delhi-and-police-refuses-to-act-on-the-case/

Read the Press Times of India article through NDTV: http://www.ndtv.com/article/cities/delhi-child-rape-case-charge-sheet-filed-against-two-accused-384093

China’s One Child Policy Causes Sexual Slavery – State Department Report

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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.”

Reggie Littlejohn, President of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, stated, “The anger of the Chinese government against the TIP Report is misplaced.  They should channel their anger toward taking effective action against traffickers, rather than against the exposure to the world of their abysmal record on human trafficking.”

The TIP Report discusses how China’s One Child Policy, combined with son preference, has caused a gender imbalance that is driving human trafficking and sexual slavery, not only within China but from the surrounding countries as well.  The Report lists the many nations from which women and girls are trafficked into China:  “Women and children from neighboring Asian countries, including Burma, Vietnam, Laos, Singapore, Mongolia, and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), as well as from Russia, Europe, Africa, and the Americas, are reportedly trafficked to China for commercial sexual exploitation and forced labor.”

The TIP Report found that, despite the prevalence of human trafficking and sexual slavery, the Chinese government’s efforts at prevention falls below minimum standards.  In fact, the Report found that many state-run institutions were complicit in the trafficking:  “ . . . The Chinese government did not demonstrate significant efforts to comprehensively prohibit and punish all forms of trafficking and to prosecute traffickers. The government continued to perpetuate human trafficking in at least 320 state-run institutions, while helping victims of human trafficking in only seven.”

The TIP Report further criticized the Chinese government for failing to “address the effects its birth limitation policy had in creating a gender imbalance and fueling trafficking, particularly through bride trafficking and forced marriage.”

Women’s Rights Without Frontiers commends the decision by the State Department to drop China from a Tier 2 to a Tier 3 nation.  We particularly affirm the connection the TIP report draws between the One Child Policy and human trafficking. The sex-selective abortion of baby girls in China – exacerbated by the coercive low birth limit under the One Child Policy — has created a dangerous gender imbalance in which there are an estimated 37 million more men than women living in China today.

The TIP report mentions the forcible repatriation of North Korean refugees as economic migrants.  Such forcible repatriation contravenes international refugee law.  Moreover, young women and girls who are refugees or who are trafficked from North Korea into China may face the death penalty upon their forcible repatriation.  These young North Korean sex slaves in China are among the most desperate people on earth.  They can be beaten and raped with impunity.  If they somehow manage to escape and report this abuse to Chinese authorities, instead of receiving help, they can be repatriated to North Korea, where they may be executed.

Littlejohn continued, “WRWF urges the Obama administration to apply appropriate sanctions against China, consistent with those allowed in the TIP Report.”

Sign a petition against forced abortion in China: http://www.womensrightswithoutfrontiers.org/index.php?nav=sign_our_petition

Watch a four-minute video about forced abortion in China: http://www.womensrightswithoutfrontiers.org/blog/?p=34

Read the United States Department of State Trafficking in Persons “TIP” Report: http://www.state.gov/j/tip/rls/tiprpt/2013/

It’s a Girl Guest Blog
Contact:  Reggie Littlejohn, President, Women’s Rights Without Frontiers
Email:  reggielittlejohn@gmail.com
Cell:  310.592.5722
Website:  www.womensrightswithoutfrontiers.org