Gender imbalance threatens crisis in Vietnam

VietNamNet Bridge – About 4 million Vietnamese males under the age of 50 or 12 per cent of the population might have difficulty finding wives over the next 37 years if the country fails to take steps to curb the increasing gender imbalance.

Viet Nam is facing a grave gender imbalance due to parents’ cultural preference for the birth of boys.

The prediction was announced by Deputy Health Minister Nguyen Viet Tien at a national conference on gender imbalance at birth, held in Ha Noi on Saturday.

Tien said one of target groups for education was the elderly who should be advised not to put pressure on their children to have sons.

The General Office for Population Family Planning said the birth ratio of boys to girls in Viet Nam had increased from 110/100 only six years ago to 112.3/100 at present.

The rate was forecast to climb to 125/100 by 2020 unless urgent measures were taken.

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