As part of this year's inaugural celebration of International Day of the Girl, a new campaign is targeting China and its long practice of sex-selective abortions and gendercide by promoting the value and blessing a girl brings to a Chinese family.
Women's Rights Without Frontiers (WRWF) is launching its "Save a Girl" campaign to coincide with the U.N.-supported International Day of the Girl and it is targeting the long-held cultural practice in China of preferring a son over a daughter.
The president of WRWF, Reggie Littlejohn, explained that by supporting this campaign, anyone can directly help save the lives of China's daughters and provide for a brighter future of girls in China.
"This campaign is a way that people can directly help save lives in China," Littlejohn said.
The campaign is combating gendercide in China by providing monthly stipends throughout the year to mothers who are the most at risk of terminating their female fetuses- those considering abandoning their newborn girls either from social pressure or economic conditions.
Money that WRWF receives is allocated to specially help women who may be targeted for forced abortions in China.
The WRWF provides support to women on a monthly basis who are pregnant without a birth permit and who maybe in hiding or evading government officials attempting to end the woman's pregnancy.
The effects of sex-selective abortions are evident in China, and it is one factor contributing to the exploitation, trafficking, and abuse of girls in China.
As a result of this country's long practice of sex-selective abortions, there are now 37 million more men living in China than women. This large gender imbalance is driving human trafficking and forced prostitution in China and neighboring countries.
Experts estimate that between 160 and 200 million women are missing today because of the practice of gendercide and sex-selective abortion throughout the world.