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Saturday, January 5, 2008

Rural Women in China

A voice for rural women of China, Good article from the LA Times that was on the front page.

I am surprised with the rising percentage of male births due to ultrasound, that baby girls are not valued more in China. India and South Korea have the same issue (to many boys, not enough girls). I would think with supply and demand this would increase the worth of women in the rural areas.

Key parts from the article:

Three of four Chinese women -- more than 450 million -- still live in the countryside, where rigid social customs breed loneliness and abuse.

Domestic violence rates are high. Each year 150,000 women commit suicide in rural China -- the only place on Earth where more women kill themselves than men, according to the World Health Organization.

Xie's readers are country women taught to refer to male spouses not as husbands but masters. They inhabit a world where the emphasis on bearing sons is so strong that women bear names such as Zhaodi ("looking for a little brother") and Aidi ("loving a little brother").

"Rural women in China are everyone's somebody," she said. "They're somebody's wife, somebody's mother, somebody's daughter-in-law. I encourage them to follow one simple rule:

"You are yours. You are not anybody else's."

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