ADF International

#VanishingGirls

To raise awareness against the practice of sex-selective abortions in India.

We are seeking to bring an end to one of the greatest injustices in India today – female foeticide.

Every day, 7,000 girls are aborted in India. A million others fight discrimination and oppression.
They deserve a chance to pursue their dreams.

ADF India’s Vanishing Girls campaign raises awareness against the practice of sex-selective abortions. The campaign advocates for the effective implementation of the Pre-Conception Pre-Natal Diagnostics Technique (Prohibition of Sex Selection) Act, 1994. This Act criminalized the disclosure of the sex of the foetus to the parents using sonography scans, otherwise done for periodic health-check of the foetus. In 2019 the Vanishing Girls campaign made a positive impact on 947 lives through seven major events organised by the team:

At a National Consultation on India’s Vanishing Girls, 65 Civil Society members from across India gathered to reflect upon the current response and find a new response against the practice of sex selection.

Over 500 entries were received in a national online photography contest on the theme of #giveherLIFE: Love, Inheritance, Freedom, Equality for our girls.

The ‘State Consultation with the PCPNDT Department, Govt. of NCT of Delhi’ brought together 100 appropriate district authorities of the PCPNDT Act. They were given an in-depth training on the standard operating guidelines and code of conduct of the PCPNDT Act to ensure clear action from the government.

During ‘Doctors for Daughters’ a medical seminar in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India, 32 doctors from the city came together and discussed best practices for the PCPNDT Act.

Groups of Accredited Social Health Activist workers, who help expectant mothers and mid-wives during their pregnancies, were trained in the Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan, India. The training empowered them to use the powers that the PCPNDT Act gives to safeguard mothers who are under the threat of force sex-selective abortion via illegal sonography scans.

The International Day of the Girl Child was celebrated in Dilli Haat, INA, New Delhi. Street drama brought focus upon the society’s disposition toward being gender biased. Meanwhile, musical performances celebrated the lives of the of girl child past, present, and future.

Since 2016, the Vanishing Girls campaign has impacted 15,450 lives. We plan to continue to impact many more lives of the girl-child, because India is currently boasts its worst child sex ration since it achieved political independence in 1947.

Will you join us in cultivating a future where human dignity and life is affirmed for all our girls, especially the unborn girl-child?
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Faith-based legal advocacy organization that protects fundamental freedoms and promotes the inherent dignity of all people.