Keeping girl babies alive is conflict prevention

Keeping girl babies alive is conflict prevention on a global scale

It’s been known for years that there’s a massive disproportion of boy children now alive compared to living girl children in some countries. The preference for boy children – as heirs, as more economically advantageous, and more socially desirable – has long put girl babies and female fetuses at risk. Preference for boys over girls has been deplored on the basis of law, morality, equal rights, human security and responsibility to protect life. There is one more deadly reason to be concerned with this trend that continues to spread

Selecting boys to live, however it occurs, has a larger societal cost that doesn’t get spoken about and it is chilling. When countries have a critical mass of young, unmarried men, with no hope of traditional love, mating, and parenting which sentient beings are hard-wired to seek, an outcome is those countries go to war with their neighbours.

“An entire class of potentially angry, frustrated, relatively poor and uneducated single men can mean serious threats to societal stability, if this group builds a class identity that feels antagonized by society as a whole. China’s history is full of examples when a group lashes out in defiance and/or violence. This potential new class of single, frustrated men will number in the tens of millions in 2030.” Forbes.com

A surplus of single men between the ages of 18 and 35 is a factor in starting wars.

 “International security and stability rest in large measure on the internal security of nations. Analysts have long examined factors such as arms transfers and ethnic violence in this regard, but the list now includes variables that were not traditionally viewed as related to national security. Unemployment rates, water tables and river flows, infant mortality, migration patterns, infectious disease epidemiology, and a whole host of other variables that tap into the general stability of a society are now understood to affect security. To understand the long-term security dynamics of a region, one must inquire into what Thomas Homer-Dixon and others have termed the “environmental security” of the nations therein.1 Our own research is surely located in that field of inquiry, yet we contemplate a variable that has been by and large neglected even by scholars of environmental security. One overlooked wellspring of insecurity, we argue, is exaggerated gender inequality. Security scholarship is theoretically and empirically impoverished to the extent that it fails to inquire into the relationship be- tween violence against women and violence within and between societies. We believe that our research demonstrates that the long-term security trajectory of A Surplus of Men, A Deficit of Peace is affected by this relationship.”  A Surplus of Men, A Deficit of Peace: Security and Sex Ratios in Asia’s Largest States; Valerie M. Hudson and Andrea Den Boer

For all of the moral and ethical choices, the fate of girl babies must be a priority.

For all of the hopes of world peace, this must be addressed soon.

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