It ranges from the subtlest of forms, such as discriminative affection, to the most overt, such as denial of basic human rights.
X and Y – two letters that can make a world of difference.
Genetics show that we each carry two chromosomes that determine our sex.
If they do survive childbirth, they may not be able to provide for their child’s nutritional requirements, leading to malnutrition.
If they work, they may be unable to get well-paid jobs. This vicious poverty cycle will continue to be perpetuated – unless interventions are made.
If you carry XY, you are more likely to receive an education, and more likely to undertake and complete secondary education.
Now, you might think that this is ridiculously unfair – and you are absolutely right.
International Day of the Girl Child serves as a reminder that sex disparity still exists.
Despite progression and revolutionary advances by humankind, most parts of the developing world are still challenged sex and gender equality.
And the discrimination faced by the former because of this, is very real.
Studies show that 16 million girls between the ages six and 11 will never start school, compared to 8 million boys. Across the world, girls are more likely to be out of school than boys.
Sex disparity may also be found in data evidence which shows in some contexts girls are breastfed less than boys.This pattern continues into school-going years.