Declaration to End Gendercide
Thursday, June 2, 2011

A bipartisan coalition of Members of the U.S. Congress came together on Capitol Hill to sign the Declaration to End Gendercide, drafted by the non-profit All Girls Allowed, founded by Chai Ling, a student organizer of the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy movement. Chai Ling states that she founded All Girls Allowed in response to the wave of lost girls across China saying, “I knew I had to do something when I realised that a Tiananmen Square massacre is taking place in China every single day."


The Declaration calls on “the governments of China and India to aggressively promote and educate their citizens on the equal rights of women and men at every stage of life, to enact any and all laws necessary to protect girls, and to enforce such laws with the goal of changing the culture that denies their human right to life.”  The initiative seeks to raise awareness of the dire effects of selected violence against girls beginning with sex-selective abortions, female infanticide, and the trafficking of infants and young girls and implores “all parents, women and men, to welcome, protect and nurture girls at all stages of their lives”.

Cultural preferences for male off-spring in China and India have resulted in the rapid decline of girl births as baby girls are aborted simply because they are female, compounded in China by the one child per couple birth control policy.  According to 2005 data, China had 119 boys for every 100 girls and a 2011 Lancet study reported 7.1 million fewer girls than boys up to age six in India.


Demographic research illustrates the growing social and economic dangers caused by millions of men unable to marry. “Gender imbalances have been shown to significantly disrupt spending patterns, leading to significant trade imbalances that are detrimental to the global economy," stated the declaration signed by the lawmakers, demographers and human rights leaders.

Dudley PostonJr., Professor of Sociology at Texas A&M University and Adjunct Professor of Demography at People's University of China and Adjunct Professor of Sociology at Fuzhou University expressed concern at the briefing for the growing number of unmarried men declaring, “They're going to live in bachelor ghettos in the big cities of China. These bachelors are almost always rural, poor, uneducated young men, who can be easily absorbed into the commercial sex market."

Poston warns that unmarried young men with no prospects for marriage are creating a vast market for commercial sex leading to a "huge potential in China for an HIV epidemic." Incidences of "bride abduction", sex trafficking, rape and prostitution have nearly doubled in China over the past 20 years. Poston concluded, "Mao once said that women hold up half the sky. It seems that now the world is facing a gendercide that could well bring the skies crashing down."