Root Cause Analysis: Female Infanticide And Feticide In India

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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 …show more content…
A root cause analysis would be utilized to assist in identifying What, Why and how, female infanticide occurs in India. The root cause analysis technique encompasses asking Five Why’s (D. Riley, personal communication, November 20, 2014). Asking the Five Why’s is important to get to the root of the problem. Why does female infanticide occur in India? Female infanticide occurs in India because female children are perceived as financial burdens. Why are female children perceived as burdens? Female children are viewed as financial burdens, because women require dowries for marriage. Why do women require dowries for marriage? Women require a dowry to get married, because it is ingrained in Indian culture. Why are dowries a part of Indian culture? Dowries are imbedded in Indian culture, because women are not thought to be valuable, in exception of giving birth and doing housework. Why are women not perceived as valuable? Women are not perceived has being valuable members of society because they are typically not educated and usually do not provide a source of …show more content…
There would need to be several full time staff members that are passionate about female infanticide and are experienced in engaging in culturally sensitive practice. The organization would also have to increase staff development by implementing staff trainings on culturally sensitive practice on a regular basis. Staff members would benefit from being continually educated on the status of the problem, the history of infanticide in India and the various causes of the problem. It is also important that staff members be kept up to date of the current laws and rights of the constituents. Diplomatic skills would also be reinforced, such as, the ability to express empathy, sensitivity, and tactfulness (D. Riley, personal communication, November 20,

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