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Delhi to host global conference on prenatal sex selection

Jul 02, 2015

The conference aims to exchange international knowledge on sex-selective practices and methods of addressing the problem.

New Delhi: To exchange international knowledge on sex selective practices, the Center for Social Research (CSR), a nonprofit, is organising an international conference in New Delhi in the second week of July.

Based in Delhi, CSR has been working in the field of social research, advocacy, and gender sensitization training. Through its consistent efforts, CSR has changed police attitudes towards women and addressed domestic violence in India.

The conference, being organised with support from Heinrich Boll Stiftung, India, will have experts from countries where sex selection is or was practiced, in order to present their thoughts, experiences and research at an International level. Experts from various countries including South Korea, Vietnam, Germany & USA are expected to participate in the conference.

The objective of the conference is to exchange international knowledge on sex-selective practices and methods of addressing the problem, and develop policy recommendations incorporating international perspectives on sex-selective practices.

CSR has more than a decade long experience of implementing projects and programmes on the issues related to pre-natal sex selection in Delhi & Haryana, two of the most skewed sex ratio states in India. The nonprofit employs innovative strategies not only to spread social awareness, but also, conducting medical audits and policy advocacy at the governmental level.

As a nodal agency of the Ministry of Women & Child Development (MWCD), CSR is implementing the ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ project in five districts of Haryana including Ambala, Kurukshetra, Gurgaon, Jhajjar & Mahendragarh.

While 100 gender-critical districts have been chosen to implement the programme across the country, 12 districts are from Haryana alone.

As per the Census 2011, the child sex ratio in most of the districts in Haryana is below 850 girls per 1000 boys with the state child sex ratio remaining critical at 830 girls per 1000 boys. Gurgaon has the sex ratio of a dismal 854 women to 1,000 men in the state. A comparison with the previous census shows that Gurgaon's sex ratio, 10 years ago, stood at 850 with the sex ratio in Rohtak and Jhajjar being 847, while in Panipat it was 829.

In Delhi, the South West Delhi district, which stood at 846 among children in the 0-6 year’s age group in the year 2001, further witnessed a 10 point decline to 836 in 2011. In New Delhi, the sex ratio slipped from 898 in 2001 to an abysmal 883 in 2011.

“It is depressing to see that though Delhi-NCR claims to be a modern and a developed region, it still has no place for the girl child. We are very hopeful and confident that this conference will give us new ideas to tackle the issue of sex selection in India,” says Dr Ranjana Kumari, Director, Centre for Social Research.

CSR operates at local, national, and regional levels in an effort to enhance the capacities of individuals, communities and institutions for creating a humane, equitable and gender-just society.

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