Gender discrimination in India, particularly in the country’s rural areas, has been well-documented. Now an alarming effect of this discrimination is gaining international exposure. Women are disappearing in India, and there is a growing gap between the male and female populations as girls become scarce.

The BBC reports:

“Tens of thousands of girls disappear in India every year. They are sold into prostitution, domestic slavery and, increasingly into marriage in the northern states of India where the sex ratio between men and women has been skewed by the illegal – but widespread – practice of aborting girl foetuses.

The UN children’s agency Unicef says it’s a problem of “genocide proportions” and that 50 million women are missing in India because of female foeticide and infanticide – the killing of baby girls.”

Read about how cultural gender bias is making an impact on the lives of India’s women and girls.

She Is Safe works to equip Indian women to combat vulnerabilities that would have them become another statistic. SIS co-workers train indigenous women to form Transformation Groups in their village. The group meets each week and women gain literacy, vocational skills, health and trafficking prevention while they contribute to a common savings account and learn about Christ.

Learn more about SIS’s work in India and how you can get involved.