In India, China, and many other parts of the world today, girls are killed, aborted and abandoned simply because they are girls. Because of this “gendercide," the United Nations estimates that as many as 200 million girls are now missing.
We shot the documentary film "It’s a Girl" on location in India and China, in hopes of unraveling and shedding light on this issue. We wanted to find out why this happening and why is so little being done to save girls and women affected.
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.
In the process of making the film, we realized the need for an international movement to stand up for girls and women everywhere. We launched the “It’s a Girl Campaign” on Causes to give activists worldwide a way to take action against gendercide in India in China. Through petitions, we are pressuring world leaders to ensure that the Indian government enforces laws against female feticide, female infanticide, and dowry murders and help end forced abortion and sterilization in China under the One Child Policy.
We’re also teaming up with the following organizations to make a difference on the ground in these countries by providing food, shelter and protection for mothers, newborn children, and orphaned girls:
Women’s Rights Without Frontiers
Womens Rights in China
50 Million Missing
Invisible Girl Project
Finally, because we cannot end something that the public isn’t even aware of, we’re using Facebook, Twitter, and email to tell the world that gendercide is real, is happening right now, and it must end.
Join our cause to use the power of film and storytelling to help raise awareness for this crucial issue and put an end to gendercide.
Visit http://www.ItsaGirlMovie.com to find out about screenings happening near you, apply to host your own screening, and access informative guides for educators showing the film at schools and college campuses.