[Brussels 19 June] FEMM committee reports on the need for new legislation to stop "gendercide"
Promotion of an educational and social environment where women and men are equal, prevention of sex selection as a business, and combating discrimination against born or unborn girl child are just some of the proposals agreed by the Committee on Women’s Rights on Wednesday in a resolution on the so called "gendercide", i.e. the killing of people belonging to a particular sex. The resolution also proposes scientific examination of the root causes of "gendercide" and new legislation to address the problem.
"I welcome the positive vote of the Women’s Rights Committee for this own-initiative report on "Gendercide: the missing women?" The European Parliament is addressing this particular sensitive subject for the first time. Gendercide refers to the systematic, deliberate and gender-based mass killing of people belonging to a particular sex .The report specifically explores the causes, current trends and consequences, stressing the need to address and uproot effectively all fundamental causes leading to gender-biased sex- selective practices, said lead MEP Papadopoulou Antigoni (S&D, Cyprus)
Gendercide can be often found in the cultures where son preference culture prevails and where discrimination and stereotypes against daughter exist. Such sex selective practices disrupt gender balance in societies and discourage women to fully enjoy equal treatment, such as inadequate social security system, and opportunities, Members say.
According to the approved text, consequences of gendercide can lead to distorted sex ratio and male dominant population. In a men dominant world, men will have a problem to find a wife which could lead to forced marriages and trafficking for sexual exploitation.
Policy measures, such as monetary support for girls from poor families and awareness raising campaigns about the value of girls, could be a good example of measures to enhance the equal value of boys and girls, said the committee.
MEPs call on Member States to prohibit any sex selective practice, stressing that gendercide or femicide is a crime and a violation against human rights which need to be investigated. They ask for more educational programmes to empower women to be responsible for their own lives.
Members also urge the Commission to do scientific investigation of the root causes of sex selective practices, to find ways to combat gendercide by offering aid, assistance, policies and funding and to combat discrimination measures against born or unborn girl child. Members stress the importance of health care, education and work access for women without spousal authorization.
Definition of gendercide
Gendercide is a sex-neutral term referring to the systematic, deliberate and gender-based mass killing of people belonging to a particular sex, which is a rising but underreported problem in several countries, taking also the forms of infanticide and violence through sex selection (other terms, such as "femicide/feminicide".)
Profile of Antigoni PAPADOPOULOU (S&D, Cyprus)
Draft report on Gendercide:the missing women?:
Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Committee: