Baozhai’s parents have lived in a remote village in rural China for generations. Her grandmother on her father’s side has long suffered with epilepsy. Her condition worsened after Baozhai was born. The doctor told Baozhai’s grandmother that one reason for her deteriorating health was that she was unhappy. Baozhai’s mother said when the grandmother found out that the second baby was another girl, she cried like her heart would break. So instead of being celebrated, Baozhai was being blamed for her grandmother’s deteriorating health!
Baozhai’s grandmother pressured Baozhai’s mother to give up this second daughter (either give her away to a childless couple, or leave her in a field to die) so that she could have a third child sooner – hopefully, a boy. But Baozhai’s mother loves her. She has bravely refused to give up Baozhai, even though she is a second daughter.
But how? She had no money or means of support! The situation was desperate.
When Women’s Rights Without Frontiers found out about Baozhai’s situation, our undercover fieldworker knocked on the door of Baozhai’s home and gave her mother a message of hope. She told her, “Girls are as good as boys. Both of your daughters are precious and you have the right to keep your second daughter.”
Our fieldworker told Baozhai’s mother about our “Save a Girl” campaign. She told them we provide a monthly cash stipend for a full year to mothers to empower them to keep their daughters, especially second daughters. Baozhai’s mother is very grateful to receive this life-saving help when she did not have anywhere else to turn!