Let Our Sisters Be Born
29.08.2014
11:30
The number of male children born after 1993 exceeds the number of female children by 50,000, reflecting the high number of sex-selective abortions in Armenia. Sex-selective abortions are made especially in the case of a third pregnancy. According to the available data, approximately 1000-2000 fetuses are aborted because of their predicted sex. Armenia currently ranks third in the world for the highest number of procedures, behind China and Azerbaijan.

How to increase the public legal awareness? How to change the public mentality?

At the Media Center initiated panel discussion Karine Saibekyan, head of the Mother and Child Department at the RA Health Ministry, Garik Hayrapetyan, assistant representative of the United Nations Population Fund at the UNFPA Country Office in Armenia, Samvel Martirosyan, media expert, and Aramazd Ghalamkaryan, one of the organizers of ‘Do You Have a Daughter?’ Facebook flash mob, shared their thoughts on selective abortions and ways to increase the public’s legal awareness.

The recent Facebook flash mob “Do you have a daughter?” aims to increase the public’s legal awareness in Armenian society. Ghalamkaryan believes an honest dialogue is one way to change attitudes on this practice. The flash mob was just one of many ways to create a platform for an open discussion.

Samvel Martirosyan noted that in Armenia, sex-selective abortions are not perceived as a problem yet, flash mobs may change that. “It seems difficult to achieve a change of mentality in short time,” said Ghalamkaryan. “There are countries which have come to it from religious and political sectors. We start from Facebook and it is still very emotional in nature.”

To ensure a reversal in the prevalence of this practice, legislative amendments must be created

Karine Saribekyan noted that thirty years ago the number of children in an Armenian family was 4-5, with at least one male child.

Back in the early years of independence, Armenia did not have such a problem. On average, an adult Armenian woman had one or two children.

The development of medical technologies contributed to the increase of sex selective abortions.

Hayrapetyan claimed that the issue is vital in Armenia, as evidenced by the statistics. The solution to the problem is legislative amendments, as well as efforts to solve social issues. In particular, the Ministry of Labor and Social Issues is drafting a new set of legislative amendments aimed at providing social assistance to third and fourth children.

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