Evening of Friday, April 24
ATEC (Arts and Technology) Hall, UT Dallas
Gendercide Awareness Project
UT Dallas, Asia Center
South Asia Democracy Watch
Amartya Sen is Professor of Economics and Philosophy at Harvard University. Born in India, he is best known for studying global poverty and the causes of famine. His concern for the poor earned him the nickname "Mother Theresa of economists." In 1998 he won the Nobel Prize in Economics.
Professor Sen was the first person to measure gendercide. In 1990, using data from the recent worldwide census, he found that an astonishing 100 million women were demographically "missing" in the world due to sex-selective abortion, female infanticide, needless maternal death, and the inability of older women, particularly widows, to access food and shelter. His research overturned the popular belief that such practices do not have a measurable impact on the global female population.
In response to Sen's findings, the UN Population Fund began to track and monitor gendercide. It publishes revised estimates of "missing women" after each world census. Currently, 117 million women are demographically missing in the world.