A film about the intentional slaying, aborting, trafficking, sterilization and neglect of females in India and Asia will be shown at 7 p.m. May 16.
The Madera Soroptimist club will host a free screening of “It’s a Girl” at United Methodist Church, 500 Sunset Ave. The showing is part of an international screening tour of the 63-minute documentary by Shadowline Films.
As many as 200 million girls are missing because of gendercide, the systematic killing of a gender, according to United Nations estimates. This has resulted in an unbalanced sex ratio of men and women in China and India, according to government reports. In China alone, there are reportedly 115 to 163 boys (ages 1-4) for every 100 girls; the normal ratio is 105 boys to 100 girls.
“A decade and a half of capturing stories of poverty and human tragedy had left me almost numb...,” said film director Evan Grae Davis. “The war against girls is particularly heartbreaking to me because it is so often waged within family and community where a girl should find the greatest level of protection and provision.” ...