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Students Organizations Join Forces to Draw Attention to “Gendercide”

 

The United Nations estimates as many as 200 million girls are missing in the world today because they are killed, aborted, or abandoned by their families for an unbelievable reason: They are not boys.
 
This so-called “gendercide” is particularly malignant in China and India but can be found in many other parts of the world.
 
Four Catholic University law school student organizations co-sponsored the screening of a disturbing new documentary about the mass destruction of female infants in some cultures, a film intended to shock and outrage viewers.
 
Shown before a large law school audience on Sept. 26, “It’s a Girl” was presented by Advocates for Life, the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association, the South Asian Law Student Association, and the Women’s Law Caucus.
 
Directed by filmmaker Evan Grae Davis, the 103-minute documentary was filmed on location in India and China. It explores the misogyny, poverty, and antiquated cultural practices that combine to subject many girls who survive infancy to violence and even death at the hands of their own husbands or other family members when they are older.
 
One featured interview is with a woman who admits to having killed eight unwanted baby daughters.
 
Students and other audience members watched with fascination and horror as the film told the stories of abandoned and trafficked girls, of women who suffer extreme dowry-related violence, and of brave mothers fighting to save their daughters’ lives.

Recently released, “It’s a Girl” includes commentary from global experts and grassroots activists who lament that little or nothing is being done about the gendercide of baby girls. The film was launched with an international screening tour in September, and is now widely available to universities, community centers, churches, and just about everywhere else around the world.