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“It’s a Girl”





Evan Grae Davis has shot documentaries about human rights abuses from Africa to the Amazon. He didn’t initially set out to make a film about gendercide; he and his crew were travelling throughout India looking to shoot a documentary on human trafficking. “Nothing prepared us for what we discovered,” he says. 


In India, China and many other parts of the world today, girls are killed, aborted and abandoned simply because they are girls. The United Nations estimates as many as 200 million girls are missing in the world today because of this so-called “gendercide”.


Girls who survive infancy are often subject to neglect, and many grow up to face extreme violence and even death at the hands of their own husbands or other family members.


Get informed about this compelling issue and join YPY for the UVic showing of “It’s a Girl” on Wednesday, March 27th in MacLaurin D288. Admission is free.

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2 thoughts on ““It’s a Girl”

  1. I recently went to see this documentary. I was horrified and disgusted by how your group has appropriated the cause of this movie, to further your own agenda of opening the abortion debate in Canada. Despite my disgust at what YPY had done, I still stayed because I wanted to see this documentary. As I saw it, it became more and more clear that the policy question is not about criminalizing abortion. The issue is one of rights: a woman’s right to give birth to a child of whatever sex, the right to sexual and reproductive decision-making. Gendercide is not the cause, it is an effect of capitalist patriarchy that continues to undermine and undervalue the female body. Your appropriation, and the complete absence of analysis and decontextualization of a complex issue, and purely presenting it as an “abortion” issue was sickening.

    • As anyone who watched the documentary can attest, it does a decent job in a short time of showing the community and family context in which sex-selective abortion occurs. It shows how unfairly some people are treated, especially women, in some places where this is a large problem. The documentary decries abortion in this context. We as a club disagree with all abortion, but that doesn’t stop us from taking the opportunity to educate on related issues such as the plight of some people in common, unfair situations. The documentary did that.

      Sex-selective abortion is occurring – statistics show this overwhelmingly. So it’s reasonable to focus on it. It’s allowed in Canada because there is no abortion law here. We can change that: At the documentary showing, we gave the option of using the computers there to contact MPs about condemning sex-selective abortion in particular. That kind of option follows logically from the information we had received.

      The documentary didn’t go into a complex social analysis of why injustice occurs against females in particular in some of these places, but it provided enough information to make its viewers aware of the need to learn more. Our conduct wasn’t duplicitous at all. It was a good event which informed us and those who attended.

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