By SPUC—the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children
An extraordinary art exhibition marking International Day of the Girl Child is tackling sex-selective abortion in India, where “7,000 girls are being aborted just because they are girls”.
#SHEImagine, part of the Vanishing Girls Campaign, is an art exhibition hosted by ADF India, an organisation dedicated to promoting and protecting religious freedom and the sanctity of human life.
Based in Delhi and set against the backdrop of International Day of the Girl Child, October 11, the exhibition seeks to promote gender equality and the rights of unborn girls.
Displaying the works of 11 artists in New Delhi, the initiative “aims to help the society imagine a world where SHE – each and every Girl Child – enjoys the sanctity and right to LIFE (Love, Inheritance, Freedom and Equality), rather than ‘vanishing’ for being a girl”.
Adv Tehmina Arora, the director of ADF India, said: “Every day in India, 7,000 girls are being aborted just because they are girls. They need each of us to advocate that their life, rights and freedom are protected.” She added, “The artists and their art works are a powerful voice for these unborn baby girls.”
One artwork, titled “She’s Capable”, shows an unborn baby linked to a disabled female athlete via its umbilical cord. Against such sayings as “she’s a burden” and “she won’t have quality of life”, the work advocates that life is worth living.
A SPUC spokesperson said
“Art is a powerful and often neglected means of forwarding the pro-life message, communicating essential truths about the unborn child and the evil of abortion culture.
“One such truth, which ADF India highlights, is sex-selective abortion.
“Between 1987 and 2016, 13.5 million baby girls have been killed by sex-selective abortions in India, it has been estimated –amounting to half the world’s missing female births.”