A Documentary Presented by the GENDERCIDE AWARENESS PROJECT
Please go to www.itsagirlmovie.com for more information about how to see this film in a location near you.
The Gendercide Awareness Project was proud to sponsor this important and enlightening documentary called "It's a Girl." In India, China and many other parts of the world today, girls are killed, aborted and abandoned simply because they are girls. The United Nations estimates as many as 200 million girls are missing in the world today because of this so-called "gendercide". Girls who survive infancy are often subject to neglect, and many grow up to face extreme violence and even death at the hands of their own husbands or other family members.
The war against girls is rooted in centuries-old tradition and sustained by deeply ingrained cultural dynamics which, in combination with government policies, accelerate the elimination of girls. Shot on location in India and China, It’s a Girl reveals the issue. It asks why this is happening, and why so little is being done to save girls and women.
The film tells the stories of abandoned and trafficked girls, of women who suffer extreme dowry-related violence, of brave mothers fighting to save their daughters’ lives, and of other mothers who would kill for a son. Global experts and grassroots activists put the stories in context and advocate different paths towards change, while collectively lamenting the lack of any truly effective action against this injustice.
A very educational panel discussion followed the screening. A special thanks to these wonderful panelists for participating in this important event. Click HERE to see video clips of the panel discussion.
Dr. Rick Halperin
Chair, Embrey Human Rights Program, Southern Methodist University
Chairman of the Board of Amnesty International USA, 2005-2007
Board member of Amnesty International USA from 2004-2010
Hind Jarrah, PhD
Executive Director and Co-Founder, Texas Muslim Women's Foundation,
Focus: Empowering Muslim women and their families, domestic violence, and interfaith, multicultural dialogue
Founder and President, Women's Rights Without Frontiers
Focus: Ending forced abortion and sexual slavery in China
Dr. Karisa Cloward
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Southern Methodist University
Focus: Ending child marriage and female genital mutilation in traditional societies
IN COOPERATION WITH
World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth
Embrey Human Rights Program, Southern Methodist University