Remove the Stigmatisation Of Being Girls – Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures

The stigma of being female is the crux of a myriad of problems facing our young women. It acts a curse or a slur to last a lifetime from the moment the girl is born. The problem predominantly exists in Asia and Africa where males are assigned more value but the rest of the world is still guilty of wanting a male heir.

The preference for a male is predicated either on the notion of vanity in the Western world, to carry on the family name, or for economic reasons, the male will go out to work to bring money back into the family home.

Hollow as these reasons seem to me as a feminist, girls are being killed in some parts of the world-Gendercide-for these reasons. This is the extreme result of the stigmatisation of girls on a continuum line which, at the lower end, sees girls not being encouraged to be aspirational but, rather, to conform to the patriarchal stereotype of wanting to look beautiful with the sole aim of marrying a rich man. In between lies a sliding scale of the repression and the stigmatisation of females.

Patriarchy is the bogeyman in all this and is emmeshed in the world’s cultures, secular establishments and religious practices. Patriachy is a pervasive discriminant. It is only by challenging it at every turn can our girls grow up safely and aspire to greatness.



  1. March 8, 2012 / 2:48 pm

    It is estimated that about 50 million girls have gone missing. They are aborted based on their sex. India has passed laws 18 years ago making it illegal for a medical practitioner to reveal the sex of an unborn baby. This law is rarely implemented because most of the government officials and judiciary are apathetic to this epidemic. This has caused the sex ratios to be extremely skewed in certain parts of India.
    Please read the following articles and the story of one lone woman, Dr Mitu Khurana, who has bought a case against the hospital, her husband and in- laws, who illegally found out the sex of her unborn twin baby girls and then tried to force her to have an abortion. She has been given the run around for four long years by the Indian judicial is the website-

    Can anyone give a voice to the 50 million girls that have been silenced forever? All Dr. Khurana is asking for is a chance to go before an unbiased judge and be heard. Can we all give a voice to the 50 million murdered and raise the question with Indian officials as to why they are silently witnessing the elimination of a whole generation. The silence of the Indian officials tell the story and makes us wonder if Dr. Khurana and the 50 million dead baby girls will ever see justice done.
    Please give those 50 million girls silenced forever, a voice. Please forward this to as many friends as possible.

  2. March 9, 2012 / 7:00 am

    Gender selection is a heartbreaking act that puts many mothers, such as Dr Khurana, under immense pressure and I am sorry for her. Thank you for alerting us to her story.

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