In 2014, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a wide-sweeping reform and economic growth plan to address female foeticide in India under a campaign called, “Educate the Girl, Save the Girl”. Through the empowerment of women, Prime Minister Modi sought to stop female feoticide, a practice which has grown in India over the last few decades as fetus imaging technology to confirm the gender of the fetus has developed and become more broadly available. As a result, while the overall ratio of females to males (feminity ratio) in India has gradually improved, the ratio among newborn babies has deteriorated.
Gender imbalances differ around the world, in some cases forced through female foeticide and other cases natural or other social factors have led to sustained imbalances.
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This conference will bring together ministers, senior officials from UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) member states and civil society representatives to review progress and remaining challenges in the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action. Participants will also discuss the Asia-Pacific regional report on progress in implementing the Platform, including achievements, challenges and priorities for gender equality. The conference is expected to result in an outcome document reconfirming commitment to action on gender equality, and outlining priorities for action in the next ten years. This outcome...