UN calls for end to son preference and gender-biased sex selection

Urgent, accelerated action is needed to stop gender-biased sex selection and other practices that harm women and girls, according to UNFPA State of World Population report 2020 that was released on July 17 in Hanoi by UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund.

The report, which focuses on the three most prevalent ones: female genital mutilation, child marriage, and extreme bias against daughters in favour of sons, said that millions of girls are subjected to at least 19 practices that harm them physically and emotionally, with the full knowledge and consent of their families, friends and communities every year.

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