Amartya Sen's 100 Million Missing Women

Type Journal Article - Oxford Development Studies
Title Amartya Sen's 100 Million Missing Women
Volume 29
Issue 3
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2001
Page numbers 225-244
Amartya Sen has claimed that women were “missing” in millions from the population totals of Asian countries, in particular. On the basis of various assumptions he
calculated that excessive female mortality accounted for a 6–11% de? ciency in the total number of women, thus revealing what he called a “terrible story of inequality and neglect”. The aim
of this paper, written over 10 years later, is to examine the latest trends of female birth and
survival in South and East Asia, consider the in uences on the situation of economic and
cultural factors and to appraise policies aiming to counter excess female mortality. It is
suggested that major problems still remain amid what amounts to continent-wide denial by
governments, donors, communities and families of excessive female mortality, discrimination
and disadvantage.

Related studies