The European Parliament today called on governments to take action against 'gendercide', which refers to the systematic, deliberate and gender-based mass killing of people because of their sex.
Gendercide is a rising but under-reported problem in various countries.
Recent estimates of the gender ratio in the world's population show a distortion equal to approximately 200 million 'missing' women.
In a resolution drafted by S&D Euro MP Antigoni Papadopoulou and adopted today in Strasbourg, the European Parliament stressed that gendercide is a crime and a severe violation of human rights, and called on governments to introduce laws to investigate such cases, put perpetrators on trial, assist the survivors as well as to introduce supportive measures to empower girls and women.
After the vote, Antigoni Papadopoulou said:
"I welcome the positive outcome of the vote. For the first time, the European Parliament is addressing this particularly sensitive issue.
"The 'missing' women have been victims of either sex selection during pregnancy – through prenatal sex detection and abortion – or following birth through infanticide or child neglect.
"We have worked hard in the European Parliament's committee on women's rights and gender equality and have managed to create a robust and integrated report on combating gendercide.
"I would like to express my satisfaction that a number of amendments tabled in the plenary did not get through in the final report. These amendments were out of the scope of this report as banning of all abortions, as proposed, would not certainly stop gendercides. 
"Moreover, the present report is not the appropriate forum to address or promote personal issues, but to recommend concerted actions to combat gender biased sex selective malpractices everywhere, thus saving women's  lives."

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