Evan Grae Davis
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Why are 200 million women missing in the world today? That’s the question Evan Grae Davis asks in his latest documentary, “It’s A Girl”. He explores worldly patriarchal cultures – which primarily exist in India, China and southeast Asia – and examines their preference for sons.
Evan explains the term “Gendercide” as the killing of a group based on their gender. The most common occurrence of this is gender-based abortion and subsequently, parents choosing to neglect and abuse the daughters they keep in a quest to have a son. In addition, the mortality rate of girls under the age of 5 in India is 75% higher than that of boys. Of those women who are fortunate enough to live through puberty, many are often killed over dowry disputes or for their inability to bore their husbands a son.
Evan argues that the reason this occurs is because it is deeply ingrained in the cultural mindset. A woman costs the family a lot of money but doesn’t bring any measurable value within the context of the culture, such as carrying on the family name, inheriting wealth or taking care of aging parents. But there is a way to move forward.
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