I am a documentary junkie. (My husband thinks I may need a support group, but I digress). I recently watched a documentary that has lingered with me long after the credits rolled. Has that ever happened to you?
In India, China and many other parts of the world today, girls are killed, aborted and abandoned simply because they are girls. The United Nations estimates as many as 200 million girls are missing in the world today because of this so-called “gendercide”.
Girls who survive infancy are often subject to neglect, and many grow up to face extreme violence and even death at the hands of their own husbands or other family members.
The war against girls is rooted in centuries-old tradition and sustained by deeply ingrained cultural dynamics which, in combination with government policies, accelerate the elimination of girls.
Shot on location in India and China, It’s a Girl reveals the issue. It asks why this is happening, and why so little is being done to save girls and women.
The film tells the stories of abandoned and trafficked girls, of women who suffer extreme dowry-related violence, of brave mothers fighting to save their daughters’ lives, and of other mothers who would kill for a son. Global experts and grassroots activists put the stories in context and advocate different paths towards change, while collectively lamenting the lack of any truly effective action against this injustice.
See more at: http://www.itsagirlmovie.com/synopsis#sthash.DcCh0PaZ.dpuf
The documentary, called "It's a Girl" (produced by Shadowline Films) tells of the reality of "gendercide" around the world. In India, China and many other parts of the world, girls are killed, aborted and abandoned simply because they are girls. As a result, the United Nations estimates that 200 million girls are "missing" worldwide. Those that survive their infancy can go on to face neglect, violence and even death at the hands of their family. You can find out more here:
How is this even possible?
I remember giving birth to my daughter Robyn, 21 years ago this June and hearing the most amazing words..."It's a girl"! While I loved having my boys, I always wanted to parent a little girl. I remember repeating to my mum in the delivery room... "it's a girl, mum, it's a girl". It was like I was trying to absorb the good news. But the sad reality is that in many parts of the world, these same words are not met with joy but rather with disappointment, grief and unthinkably a plan to "solve the problem".
We live in a world with a systemic, centuries-old devaluing of women which leads to the sex-trafficking, honor killings, child marriages, female genital mutilation, gang rape and gendercide that we see rampant in the world. It can feel overwhelming and we may be tempted to give up, saying "what can I do?"
The first thing you can do is "get mad". (Now that it not usually what you hear in a "nice Christian lady blog")...but let me explain. We need Canadian women to hold a "righteous anger" surrounding the systemic devaluing and abuse of women world-wide. This anger serves to propel us forward...to stand up and say "this is NOT OK". It is not OK to kill babies just because they are girls. It is not OK to use women as sexual play-things. It is not OK to treat women as property used in high stakes games.
Women all over the world need to understand who they are. Women are not second-class citizens or ontologically inferior. They are image bearers of God...think about that...these baby girls that are casually disposed of are image-bearers of God! The work of ZOE Projects is to restore the worth and dignity of women around the world.
So don't get overwhelmed...let the "righteous anger" build within you and let's stand together.
PS - To see the documentary film trailer...here is the link...