Holy Hormones Journal: Marcia Banasko has written a stirring article. That women fear for their life from the time they are born to the time they go to the grave is a sad statement on our global culture. Women have made great contributions through out history…. but it is our individual and collective power that is a great threat to men. Otherwise why would 1 in 3 women -globally- be beaten, raped or abused in her lifetime?
The War on Girls Starts in the Womb
Huff Post Impact Canada
By Marcia Banasko, World YWCA Communications Officer
July 24, 2013
Girls face multiple and complex barriers to education, gender equality and economic stability including the burden of domestic work from an early age, security issues, child marriage and poor sanitation. Globally, despite recent attention to their role in development, girls continue to experience human rights violations, gender inequality, and exclusion from many gains made under the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Girls are too often subject to harmful practices, such as female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriage, which increases their risk of maternal mortality or childbirth injury, HIV infection and domestic violence. Young women from marginalized social groups, girls living without their parents, and displaced girls are particularly vulnerable to violence.
Not only do young women and girls face all this discrimination and high levels of vulnerabilities, but across the world, social attitudes, economic and cultural factors determine for many that it is more preferable having a boy child, a boy being viewed as the golden ticket.
In this regard, the war against girls begins in the womb before she has even breathed her first pocket of air. The three words: “It’s a Girl”, are often met with great sadness and disappointment, the term gendercide is a relatively new concern facing the world today.
Being a girl in this world can be dangerous business, however the World YWCA has a strategic vision of creating a safe world for women, young women and girls. There are 3.5 Billion girls and women in the world. That’s 3.5 Billion ways to change the world. Harnessing the power of these girls and women is essentially for economic growth in companies, communities & countries.