“Overall, the last thrity years have been cruel for India’s young girls. There are now 48 fewer girls per 1,000 boys than there were in 1981. J&K, Maharashtra and Haryana have had the worst 30-year decline in child sex ratios.
“India’s child sex ratio continues to plummet, indicating that female feticide and infanticide remain rampant. Provisional data released by the census office for 2011 shows that child sex ratio (0-6 years) has further declined to 914 girls for every 1,000 boys as compared to 927 in 2001.
source: The Times of India, Friday April 1st, 2001
Faced with facts such as these, it feels on face value puerile to talk about the challenge this presents me, as a leader accountable for building formidable global teams. In India this past 6 months along, I have participated in the hiring of 16 positions for teams in Hyderabad – not having a single female candidate in any of these hiring loops has fired me up to confront the gender diversity issues in Asia (I faced a similar challenge in China, although the root causes are likely different – a whole other post).
Global Inc. has a responsibility here as what is for certain is that until there are clear career opportunities for women in household supporting incomes – the value of a girls life to it’s parents is going to seem less. Heart-breaking – but a simple practical reality.
[SIDEBAR] Why pick on India? Self interest… I happen to be here this week and heavily focussed, could easily be taking up a different, related theme: