Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Monday, April 02, 2007

Growing gender imbalance in Viet Nam

There is a growing imbalance between the number of females and males being born in Viet Nam, Thanh Nien Daily reported today. Due to the severity of the problem, a recent conference was held to discuss the issue.

For every 100 girls born, 110-118 boys are born (depending on the province). This disparity has been linked to a cultural preference for male children. In Viet Nam, which has one of the world’s highest rates of abortion, parents are willing to take medical action if they discover that their unborn child is a girl.

Viet Nam is the world’s 13th largest country in terms of population, with over 83 million people. Some experts are predicting the population will reach the 100 million mark by 2024. Malnutrition is still a problem for many children under the age of five, especially in the Central Highlands and the northwest region.

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