Gendercide has many negative consequences for women. Many people think that if women are in short supply, their status will go up. In fact, just the opposite occurs. In areas where men greatly outnumber women, we see dramatic increases in sex trafficking and a shadowy market of brides for purchase. (This has been observed in eastern China and northern India, which have the worst sex ratios in the world.)
In addition, the dynamics of the marriage market change. Bachelors of marriageable age -- say 18 to 25 -- cannot all find brides in their same age bracket. The unlucky ones, usually lower class men who compete less successfully, turn to younger women (girls actually) to find brides. The more skewed the sex ratio is, the younger and younger these bachelors must look to find their mates.
The result is that young girls, often just 14 or so, end up married to much older men. Any schooling stops, and they are pressed into childbearing as soon as they are biologically able to do so. (Their husbands and in-laws have waited a long time for children.) This leads to dramatic increases in maternal mortality. According to the United Nations Foundation, maternal mortality for girls under age 15 is five times higher than for women in their physical childbearing prime (ages 20-24). A girl's body is not truly ready to bear children until she reaches the age of 18.
In the article posted here, you will see photos of child brides and a 14-year old girl who is bathing her second child. She bore the first one when only 12 years old! The practice of child marriage, which is tightly linked to gendercide, harms girls and needs to stop!
Click HERE to read the article "Too Young to Wed: The Secret World of Child Brides (National Geographic)