UNITED NATIONS: The World Population Day is being observed today, July 11. Its aim is to raise awareness about issues related to population and emerging challenges due to limited resources and increasing demands.
This year the theme is “Investing in Teenage Girls”.
The event was established by the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme in 1989. It was inspired by the public interest in Five Billion Day on July 11, 1987-the date on which the world’s population reached approximately five billion people.
Observing the Day is aimed at highlighting the need is to pay attention towards reproductive health problems of the community people as it is the leading cause of the ill health as well as deaths of pregnant women worldwide.
Around 800 women reportedly die during delivery process every day.
The Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin in a statement said that leaders and communities must focus on and stand up for the human rights of the most marginalized teenage girls, particularly those who are poor, out of school, exploited, or subjected to harmful traditional practices, including child marriage.
Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin further said marginalized girls are vulnerable to poor reproductive health and more likely to become mothers while still children themselves. They have a right to understand and control their own bodies and shape their own lives.
Courtesy : TheNews