Vietnam posts increasingly unbalanced sex ratio at birth at 111.5 male births for every 100 female newborns compared to the world's normal rate of 105. Harmful practices for women and girls like gender-biased sex selection and domestic violence continue to remain in Vietnam, requiring instant and persistent actions by the whole society and all stakeholders. Vietnam and UNFPA have made efforts to increase the value of the girl child. Photo: UNFPA Vietnam A benign tradition "son preference" which is anything but is a product of gender-biased systems that places higher social status to men and boys, and favors male over female children. The manifestation of gender biased sex selection can be directly measured through "sex ratio at birth (SRB)" and Vietnam's rate is the third highest in the world, following China and India. According to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the unbalanced sex ratio at birth was first identified in Vietnam in 2004. Since 2005, it has rapidly increased and reached 111.5 male births for every 100 female births in 2019 as indicated in the 2019 Population and Housing Census, against the biologically "natural" or "normal" sex ratio between 105 and 106. Symphony concert "Girls Deserve to Shine" opens… Read full this story
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