Prenatal Sex Selection in Southeastern Europe/the Southern Caucasus and the Role of International Organizations

By Johanna Kostenzer.

Published by The Global Studies Journal

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Published online: June 13, 2014 $US5.00

Prenatal sex selection caused by a preference for male offspring has led to an increasing imbalance of the birth outcome between girls and boys in numerous regions across the globe, including certain countries of Southeastern Europe and the Southern Caucasus. Due to its consequences, sex selection is also of concern to international organizations. Demography, reproductive health, gender equality, and human rights constitute the main areas of this concern. This paper sheds light on the current situation in the region and discusses the role of international organizations. It also explains why and how international organizations are dealing with the matter. The research is based on a mix of methods, including a document analysis and observations at international conferences.

Keywords: International Organizations, Prenatal Sex Selection, Male Preference, Abortion

Global Studies Journal, Volume 7, Issue 2, December 2014, pp.7-15. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: June 13, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 469.202KB)).

Johanna Kostenzer

Academic Assistant/ Doctoral Student, Department of International Health and Social Managemnet, Management Center Innsbruck, University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria

Being currently enrolled in a PhD program in Political Science/ International Relations at University of Innsbruck I am also working as academic assistant at the department of International Health and Social Management at Management Center Innsbruck. In Addition, I am a board member of the UN Women National Committee Austria. By doing several internships with international organizations in Austria and abroad I was able to gain practical experience in the field of public health and development cooperation. I hold a Master’s degree in International Health Care Management with exchange semesters at University of Oslo, Norway and College of Charleston, USA.


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