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  • Events | 12 September, 2012 (16:28)

    Sex selection and Asia’s missing women

    There are over 160 million females “missing” from Asia’s population. That’s more than the entire female population of the United States. And gender imbalance—which is mainly the result of sex selective abortion—is no longer strictly an Asian problem. In Azerbaijan and Armenia, in Eastern Europe, and even among some groups in the United States, couples are making sure at least one of their children is a son. So many parents now select for boys that they have skewed the sex ratio at birth of the entire world.

    Join a talk with award-winning writer, journalist and FCCC member Mara Hvistendahl to get answer to the questions on how did this occur? Why are women and girls becoming scarce in Asia and Eastern Europe as those regions develop? And what will happen when the world’s extra boys grow up?

    DATE: Sept 14 (Friday)
    TIME: 2-3:30pm
    VENUE: Royal Norwegian Embassy  1, Dong Yi Jie, San Li Tun, 挪威大使馆, 北京市朝阳区三里屯东一街一号
    RSVP: to fcccadmin@gmail.com
    ENTRANCE: free to members, 80 RMB on the door to non-members

    ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
    Mara Hvistendahl is an award-winning writer and journalist specialised in the intersection of science, culture, and policy. A correspondent for Science magazine focused on Asia, she has also written for Harper’s, Scientific American, Popular Science, The Financial Times, Foreign Policy, and other publications. Proficient in both Spanish and Chinese, she has spent much of the past decade in China, reporting on everything from archaeology to Beijing’s space program. She is the author of Unnatural Selection: Choosing Boys Over Girls, and the Consequences of a World Full of Men, published by PublicAffairs in 2011.