Interventions to tackle sex selection in Asia (GSDRC Helpdesk Research Report)

Abstract

Query

What works as an effective brake on sex selection? Please provide examples of successful approaches, policies and practices that have eliminated or reduced the incidence of sex selection in Asia.

Key findings

The key finding of the literature is that the most effective strategies address social norms and beliefs, as well as providing technical solutions. Strategies need to take into account the specific drivers and expressions of sex selection in each context. Effective interventions include: Restricting technology and serviceds for sex selection; Providing reproductive health services; Media and advocacy; Judicial reform; Incentive-based schemes; and Providing refuges for unwanted female babies.

Citation

Birchall, J.; Rao, S. Interventions to tackle sex selection in Asia (GSDRC Helpdesk Research Report). Governance and Social Development Resource Centre, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK (2012) 12 pp.

Interventions to tackle sex selection in Asia (GSDRC Helpdesk Research Report)

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