Throughout Asia, women and young girls are not valued, respected and loved in the same way as their male counterparts. Many girls and women wish they were born male. This cultural mindset, that men are inherently more valuable that women leads to many girls and women being abused and sold into the violent sex trade.
In the remote western region of Nepal, girls, even today, frequently die from menarche (their first menstrual period). Menarche practices that involve girls being shunned by their families and locked up in small sheds without food and water to reinforce the stigma and shame many girls experience for being born a girl.