Gender Biased Sex Selection is the preference for a son over a daughter, leading to the deliberate ELIMINATION of FEMALE FOETUSES. This has far reaching impact on the socio-cultural situation of affected areas; often needing for BRIDES to be BOUGHT from neighbouring states because there just aren't enough girls. The girls that are born into these areas face a life time of NEGLECT and DISCRIMINATION, and struggle to feel SAFE in public spaces because there are too few women to be seen outside.
We are helping women who have never spoken out before to break their SILENCE & to make their own DECISIONS about their REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS. Building a NETWORK of local leaders, empowering & equipping them to challenge their own communities. We are asking them to hold to account those who break the LAW & to recognize the value of DAUGHTERS. We know that real CHANGE will only happen if local people dismantle the SOCIAL NORMS (many unspoken) which have built up over time.
In Breakthrough's work, in 14 districts across 5 states, we demonstrate the value that girls & women bring to their communities. We are present in & trusted by local communities, who have kept this issue hidden for generations. Working with Children in Schools, Parents, community members, Panchayats & through anganwadis we believe we can end GENDER-BIASED SEX SELECTION & reduce the RISK of girls & women suffering emotional pressure and VIOLENT attacks. We can reverse the trend, WITH YOUR HELP.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).