(December 2012) Every year, the world has over 2 million “missing girls” under the age of 5. Of those, 1.5 million are missing at birth as a result of prenatal sex selection.

In this webcast, demographer and PRB senior policy fellow Monica Das Gupta explains the factors behind the persistence and rise of the missing girls phenomenon and explores efforts to stem the trend. Das Gupta provides an overview of the successful turnaround in sex ratios achieved by South Korea, and uses case studies from other countries to show that raising the status of women and girls through outreach and advocacy are the most effective approaches to address the missing girls phenomenon.