DALLAS, April 22, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen will speak on "Women: Survival and Empowerment" at the UT Dallas Edith O'Donnell Arts and Technology Hall (800 West Campbell Road, Richardson) on Friday, April 24 at 7:00 pm. This event is part of the JAYA Lecture Series at UT Dallas and is co-hosted by the UT Dallas Asia Center, School of Economic, Political & Policy Sciences, the Gendercide Awareness Project, and South Asia Democracy Watch.
The United Nations Population Fund estimates that currently 117 million women are "missing" around the globe due to human choice and behavior that includes sex-selective abortion, infanticide, gross neglect of girls, needless and preventable maternal death, and (for older women) unequal access to food and shelter.
Sen was the first person to estimate the scale of gendercide. In 1990, using data from the world census, he calculated that an astonishing 100 million women were missing from the world population. His estimates overturned any notion that such practices do not have a measurable impact on the global female population. That number has now increased to 117 million – a total equal to all the deaths from World War I, World War II and AIDS combined. Professor Sen has long championed education for girls and the economic empowerment of women through higher labor force participation – as a means to both gender justice and economic development.
"Empowering women and girls with more choices and more freedoms is crucial to achieving a better future for all," he writes.
Sen received the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1998. He is best known for his work on famine, poverty, and the Human Development Index. He has been named among the "50 Most Influential People Who Matter" by Time Magazine, "Third Most Influential Thought Leader of 2014" by the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute, and is Professor of Economics and Philosophy at Harvard University.
Tickets for the event are $30 and may be purchased at www.utdallas.edu/asiacenter/jaya/.
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SOURCE South Asia Democracy Watch