Vietnam faces the risk of having an excess of 1.5 million men in 12 years

, Vietnam faces the risk of having an excess of 1.5 million men in 12 years

It is forecasted that by 2034, Vietnam will face the risk of “excess” 1.5 million males aged 15 – 49 years old; by 2059 this figure will be 2.5 million men (equivalent to 9.5% of the male population) if Vietnam’s sex ratio at birth does not decrease.

This information was raised at the seminar “Solving the issue of sex selection at birth” which was organized by the General Department of Population and Family Planning (Ministry of Health), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the United Nations Population Fund. Organized by the Norwegian Embassy.

The 2019 Population and Housing Census showed that an estimated 45,900 girls are not born in Vietnam every year, and this evidence suggests that the cause is fetal sex selection before birth on the basis of gender stereotypes. Thus, 45,900 children were not born due to being girls.

It is also forecasted from the data of the 2019 Census that by 2034 there will be an “excess” of 1.5 million men aged 15-49, and by 2059, this number will be 2.5 million (corresponding to 9.5% of the male population) if the current prevalence of sex imbalance at birth does not decrease. In 2019, Vietnam’s sex ratio at birth was 111.5 boys per 100 girls, while the “natural” sex ratio at birth was between 105-106 boys per 100 girls were born.

Mr. Pham Vu Hoang, Deputy Director of the General Department of Population and Family Planning said at the seminar: “If the sex imbalance at birth in Vietnam is prolonged and unchecked, it can lead to to unpredictable consequences in terms of society, economy, even political security… affecting the sustainable development of the country”.

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Ms. Naomi Kitahara, UNFPA Representative, shared: “I wish there was more participation of men in ending sex selection at birth. Women are often under a lot of pressure from their families to give birth. boy”.

Men’s understanding can support women with many changes. Vietnam has implemented many programs to control the gender imbalance in recent years, but the rate of gender imbalance is still high, most recently the third highest in Asia.

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