Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Vanishing Females in Vietnam

Vincenzina Santoro
January 18, 2009

Is the women’s equality movement leading to the extinction of females? China’s coercive one-child policy is well known but other countries are freely expressing a population preference with similar dire consequences in the works.

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is well known for the promotion of gender equality through “reproductive health and reproductive rights” and provides assistance to individual countries for many population related matters. Inter alia, the latter includes the financing of various studies to collect, analyze and disseminate population data. One such study Recent Increase in the Sex Ratio at Birth in Vietnam: A Review of Evidence [1] provided some astounding analysis relating to abortion consequences in Vietnam: a dynamic country with a population of 87 million – 14th highest in the world – with a 90% literacy rate and a fertility rate of 1.83 that is just below replacement (2.1). While these data were not in the Report, they form a useful background/perspective for the findings. Full article.

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