“Armenia has one of the most imbalanced sex ratios at birth in the world.” (UNFPA)
In Armenia, World Vision is working with men, women, and youth in the promotion of gender equality and prevention of prenatal sex selection.
Yeva Avakyan, our senior advisor for gender and formerly on staff with our office in Armenia, describes prenatal sex selection and how World Vision addresses this issue.
Prenatal sex selection—choosing to continue or terminate a pregnancy based on the baby’s sex—is one of the most blatant forms of gender-based violence (GBV). Like other forms of GBV, prenatal sex selection is complex. It is rooted in patriarchy—where men receive unearned rights and privileges over women, cultural preference for sons, and harmful, strict ideas about the roles and responsibilities that men and women can fulfill in society.