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[Correspondence] How many more missing women?

In his widely cited article,1 Amartya Sen examined the high ratios of men to women in several populations and estimated that more than 100 million women were missing worldwide. Sen concluded that “These numbers tell us, quietly, a terrible story of inequality and neglect leading to the excess mortality of women”. Women are missing because of an entrenched preference for sons over daughters in some communities and gender discrimination affecting women throughout their lives.

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