WG on Violence Against Women and Girls Report: A girl’s right to live – Female Foeticide and Girl Infanticide
The issue of girl infanticide, or the murder of children because they are female, is of growing concern in contemporary society worldwide. This violation of a girl’s basic right to life requires urgent attention and action. This report, drafted by members of the Working Group on the Girl Child (now part of the WG on Violence against Women and girls), focuses on two main areas: the right to be born (female foeticide) and the right to live (girl infanticide). The Working Group recognizes these two areas as being of particular importance in the education of the concerned societies. This report also identifies many of the root causes of girl infanticide in the private and public sphere of society, thus identifying specific actions to be taken.
This report was published and presented at the 51st Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, meeting in New York from 26 February to 9 March 2007, and focusing on the “Elimination of all forms of discrimination and violence against the girl child”. It is hoped that this report will serve as an educational and working tool for civil society, social entrepreneurs, other NGOs and the interfaith community to help them speak out against girl infanticide. Through this report, the Working Group also calls upon governments to get more involved in developing and promoting effective policies to bring an end to the girls’ human rights violation of girl infanticide, everywhere in the world.