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But nothing quite prepared me for what we discovered in India while exploring the issue of gendercide. The war against girls is particularly heartbreaking to me because it is so often waged within family and community where a girl should find the greatest level of protection and provision. The thought of my own wife and daughter suffering in such a hostile environment is unthinkable! With each story we filmed in India and China, I became more convinced that gendercide is the greatest human rights issue of our time– yet so few people I talked to seemed to be aware of it.
FP: What do you hope this film will help achieve?
Davis: The completion of It’s a Girl has left me with more questions than answers: How can husbands and mothers perpetrate such violence against their own daughters and wives? How can the government of China, responsible for protecting its citizens, justify the coercive and destructive One Child Policy? How can doctors in India, trained to save life, participate in the taking of life on such a massive scale? How can the elected officials and judges in India stand by and refuse to enforce the laws that are in place to protect girls from such widespread abuse and neglect?
And, one of my greatest puzzles: how can the world community stand by and allow gendercide to continue? As members of that world community, we are obligated to act; to know is not enough. That is what we believe at Shadowline Films, and that is why we do what we do. As we release It’s a Girl, I ask myself whether or not the world will respond to our call and rise up in defense of the innocent. It is our hope that by educating audiences worldwide about gendercide, specifically in India, China and other areas where it is most prevalent, we can end this war against girls. I believe that the stories of It’s a Girl will capture hearts around the world and will compel us all to rise up and join a movement to end gender-based violence and killings and restore worth and dignity to the girls and women of India, China and of the world.
FP: What can our readers who want to help do? Give them some advice on steps they can take.
Davis: This is the very question we are asked anytime we screen the film. Our purpose in making the film was ultimately to make a difference in the fight against gendercide. So we are launching an action campaign that includes three ways people can help. First, we are petitioning world leaders to use their influence to speak out against gendercide and specifically bring pressure against the governments of India and China. We’ve developed the petitions with our partner organizations, and hope to see significant support for them as a result of the film. Second, there are girls and women in immediate need, so we have several ways people can provide the funds to save a girl in India or China. And lastly, it’s vital that your readers tell everyone they know about gendercide. The more the world hears about it, the more action will be taken against it. We have some very easy tools people can use to spread the word on social media platforms and by email to raise awareness about gendercide. To participate in any of these actions, simply go to itsagirlmovie.com/action.
FP: Evan Grae Davis, thank you for joining Frontpage Interview.
Davis: Thank you so much for the opportunity to tell your readers about It’s a Girl and about gendercide.
FP: Thanks so much. We wish you the best.
And we encourage all of our readers to visit ItsAGirlMovie.com.
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