October 11 marks the first International Day of the Girl Child, as recognized by the UN General Assembly. To coincide with this event, Women’s Rights Without Frontiers is launching its “Save a Girl” campaign to end gendercide in China.
Experts estimate that between 160 and 200 million women are missing in the world today because of the sex-selective abortion of baby girls. Because of this gendercide, there are now 37 million more men living in China than women, which gender imbalance is driving human trafficking and sexual slavery not only in China but in many of the surrounding nations as well.
In response, Women’s Rights Without Frontiers has launched its “Save a Girl” campaign to end gendercide. The campaign is designed to:
Combat Gendercide. WRWF is giving monthly stipends for a year to mothers who are at risk of aborting or abandoning their baby girls. This money helps the mother resist pressure to abort or abandon their baby girls.
Fight Forced Abortion: WRWF gives monthly stipends to help support women who are pregnant without a birth permit and are hiding or running to escape forced abortions.
We are defeating gendercide and forced abortion, one baby at a time. It’s astonishing how little money it takes to save a life. For example, one of our baby girls was born to poor farmers. Her father wanted a son and was pressuring his wife to leave the baby out in the field to die. A WRWF Field Worker called the mother, who said that if we would help her, she would keep the girl. WRWF began giving her a small monthly stipend. Her daughter has become an adorable girl and is now greatly loved by both her parents. Her mother told WRWF: ‘You saved my daughter’s life. Thanks to you and your organization.
The campaign also gives stipends to women who are fleeing forced abortions. We are defeating gendercide and forced abortion, one baby at a time!
Mothers and Babies Saved Through Our Campaign: The stories are real. The names and photos have been changed to protect them from the Family Planning Police.
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* A baby girl was saved from “exposure” in a field – her mother thanks WRWF for saving her daughter’s life. This girl was born to poor farmers. The husband disliked this baby girl because he really wanted a son and was pressuring his wife to leave the baby out in the field to die. A WRWF Field Worker called the mother, who said that if we would help her, she would keep the girl. Her daughter is becoming a lovely girl and a lot of fun for both parents. Her mother told WRWF, “You saved my daughter’s life. Thanks to you and your organization.”
* A poor family keeps their baby girl with help from WRWF. This girl is the first child of her family, who lives in a remote village and does not have enough income to keep her. Her father has gone to work in a mine to buy milk powder, and their room has no decent furniture. With help from WRWF, the family has decided to keep this girl. The mother said that when her daughter grows up, she will tell her that an organization from America helped her. Because of strong son preference, the mother cannot believe that someone would help a poor girl saying, “It’s impossible in China.”
* A woman saved from forced abortion gives birth to her baby, with WRWF’s help. This 25-year-old woman was married and had never had a child, but got pregnant without a birth permit. Bravely, she decided to have her baby anyway. WRWF has given her a monthly stipend as she hid from the Family Planning Police, moving from village to village to escape a forced abortion. Her beautiful baby boy was born in June 2012 – the first baby saved by our Campaign!
LifeNews.com Note: Reggie Littlejohn serves as an expert on China’s One-Child Policy for Human Rights Without Frontiers, in Belgium, as well as the China Aid Association. Littlejohn is the Founder and President of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers.