The ratio of boys to girls at birth in Vietnam was 1.12, according to an investigation on population fluctuations conducted in April 2012.

At the seminar entitled “Strengthening men’s participation in tackling the gender inequality at birth”, a representative from the General Office for Population Family Planning (GOPFP) predicted that there will be from 2.3 to 4 million men more than women in 2050.

A Thur ErKen, representative of United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Vietnam said there was a “total gender gap of 117 million women missing, most of them from China and India”.

He added there were 39 million more men under 20 than women in the same age group in 2010.

Most of the attendees at the seminar pointed out that widespread access to abortion and high-tech prenatal gender-detection tools are among major reasons behind the rising gender inequality in many countries worldwide including Vietnam.

Duong Quoc Trong, head of GOPFP, said the gender imbalance in Vietnam is also caused by a strong cultural preference for sons.

Tuoi Tre News - September 25, 2013