A Social Problem Of The International Context Essay

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The objective of this assessment is to identify a social problem in the international context, determine the people affected, possible causes of the problem and who may benefit. After the assessment of the problem, a plan for advocacy can be designed to address the issue. As an international social worker, working for a non-government agency, my organization would address female infanticide, specifically in India. Infanticide and feticide encompasses the murder of newborn children or sex selective abortion. Female infanticide and feticide is a common practice in India that has been happening for centuries. It is heavily imbedded in their traditions and culture (Davis, "It 's a girl", 2012). However, the gender ratio has continued to become increasingly skewed, which means that there are many more men than women. According to the United Nations there are over 200 million girls missing in the world today, a significant amount of these missing girls are from India (Davis, "It 's a girl", 2012). In 2012, the consensus statistics for India revealed that for every 1,000 males there are only 914 females aged six and below (Poddar, 2013). Female infanticide is committed often by strangulation or poisoning. Female children who are not aborted or murdered during infancy are typically neglected and/or abused. A majority of female children do not live up to the age of 18, typically due to lack of medical attention and proper nutrition (Davis, "It 's a girl", 2012). In order to…

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