The French Premiere of "It's a Girl!", a documentary examining gendercide in China and India

The French Premiere of “It’s a Girl!”, a documentary examining gendercide in China and India

Twenty-six years ago today, I was pregnant. Stéphane and I didn’t know if our first baby would be a girl or a boy. And, we didn’t care. No matter the baby’s sex, we planned to welcome him or her into our lives. It was a joyous time.

Fast forward. The baby who was in my belly has grown into an intelligent, resourceful and beautiful young woman. One whom I’m sure will make the world a better place. From the moment she wrapped her tiny fingers around mine shortly after she was born to the day when she walked across the stage to receive her masters degree in June, my daughter has continuously filled my life with wonder.

But this post isn’t about my daughter. It’s about all of the daughters who aren’t alive today because of “gendercide”, the act of systematically killing, aborting or abandoning babies simply because they’re girls. According to estimates by the United Nations, 200 million girls are missing in the world because of gendercide. To put that number in perspective, that’s more than all of the deaths in World War I and World War II combined. Just imagine what these girls would have achieved if they had been allowed to live.

Last night, I attended the French premiere of It’s a Girl at the American Church in Paris. Knowing that gendercide could be a divisive topic between conservatives and liberals in the United States, the producer remained steadfastly focused on the issue. This isn’t a pro-choice film or an anti-abortion film. Instead, it’s a film that everyone should see.

Shot in India and China, countries where families prefer sons to daughters because sons inherit wealth, work in the field and carry on the family name, the documentary introduces us not only to women who murdered their daughters but also to women who fought against ancient cultural traditions to save their daughters.

When Dr. Mitu Khurana, a pediatrician in Delhi, discovered she was pregnant, her husband and mother-in-law forced her to undergo an illegal ultrasound test to determine the sex of the baby. After they learned that she was carrying twin girls, Khurana’s husband and mother-in-law pleaded with her to have an abortion. She refused. Hoping to provoke a miscarriage, her husband pushed Khurana down a flight of stairs and locked her in a room. Bruised and bleeding, Khurana managed to escape to her parent’s house where she gave birth to twin girls two months prematurely.

In the film, Khurana demands, “What should I do to save my daughters? Where do I go from here? … If all this can happen to an educated woman like me, what is the guarantee my future generations, my daughters will not face the same harassment when they grow up?”

Please tell your friends about It’s a Girl. If you would like to take action against gendercide, visit the website forIt’s a Girl.

 

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Author: savedaughters19

This is a coverage of my struggles to save my daughters.I am thank full to my parents not only for Not killing me ,but also helping me save my daughters... My dream- A big shelter house for women who want to give birth to their daughters and raise them up with dignity and self respect , but have to fight their own families to do so. Will have medical facilities and facilities for legal aid. will have training centers for vocational courses so that they can stand up on their own two feet and stop the dependency on their husbands for finances, A child care center run and managed by the inmates, A kitchen and a vegetable farm run and managed by the inmates. At present only a dream.... But with grace of God will become a reality. God will show the way and means to achieve the dream.

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