The Key is Women Empowerment

“Think of the earth as a living organism that is being attacked by billions of bacteria whose numbers double every forty years. Either the host dies, or the virus dies, or both die.” – Gore Vidal, American novelist and critic.

The world is swelling at the seams due to the ever-growing world population. Based on current estimates, the world population is estimated to be around 6.5 billion. India’s population is 1.17 billion or one-sixth the population of the world. What’s the point? Simple logic! When the world grows in numbers so does it problems! Bigger the numbers bigger the problems become! More people means more food crops to grow to feedpeople, more resources to offer quality health and education and more jobs to be created to provide employment in towns and cities to serve, and many other things! Unfortunately, the current economic collapse isn’t going to allow this to happen as quickly as it should. Actually, this has already put back on a variety of crucial global issues. The most prominent of these is health and education. Visit:-

The double issue of growing populations and the global economic and financial crisis could reverse the hard-earned gains in health and education in the developing world. The most vulnerable to be affected by this are women and girls according to that the United Nations. Before the crisis hit the girls and women comprised the majority of the world’s poverty. Now, the crisis has only worsened their situation pushing them deep into poverty, and placing them at risk of increased health risks, especially those who are pregnant and also to malnutrition, hunger and unemployment. It is not possible to ignore at the issues facing women, as it could potentially cause harm to the whole world. So, it’s no wonder that the focus of the upcoming World Population Day on July 11 is to invest in girls and women. The UN calls on member nations to continue to invest in empowering women to aid us in getting out of this current crisis. This way the United Nations believes that the world will be put back on the right track towards getting to the Millennium Development Goals.

Origin and purpose of the World Population Day (WPD)
The urgent need is to create awareness among global communities about the population issue that is being created by the economic crisis and the devastating repercussions it can cause, particularly to girls and women, and the ways in which addressing these issues can benefit the world! The world has to come together to continue to think about ways to come out with novel and safe ways to combat the inequality between the resources available and the increasing number of people! This calendar year’s World Population Day on July 11 will do just this.

This year is twenty years since World Population Day. It was first introduced as an annual celebration organized organised by the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme in 1989, and which was then inspired in part by Five Billion Day on July 11, 1987, when world’s population surpassed five billion, has most likely taken on greater significance like never before. Apart from honouring the customary ways of celebrating the day to increase awareness about global issues of population growth, the WPD sets goals and explore ways of organizing workshops, events, rallies and seminars and debates and this year’s WPD is a much more important mission to accomplish as the world reels under the recession!

2009 WPD theme will help to address global population control
The theme of the United Nations Population Fund’s (UNFPA) World Population Day is “Fight Poverty, Educate Girls.” With posters that proclaim “When girls stay in school and get an education, poverty has no chance,” this year’s campaign calls on all women and men to join the movement against poverty and make girls educated.’ This year is World Population Day. World Population Day aims to create awareness about the importance of teaching girls to end the cycle of negative consequences starting with development issues, to poverty, to the human rights of women and equality of gender.

The economic crisis that has hit the world is causing additional concern for a world that is already facing the serious issue of a growing population. The financial crisis in wealthy countries is now turning into a global economic crisis which has a direct impact on developing countries. Recession generally refers to a feeling of anxiety that results in massive cutbacks on expenditure including on new and existing investments, leading to increased unemployment, and increasing protectionionism which leads to more foreign workers in nations and institutions are now unemployed and governments are spending less on public welfare initiatives like nutrition, health, education as well as the empowerment of people and women particularly. This will only make the situation go worse.

As per the UNFPA, the key lies in empowering children and women, particularly those in developing countries since they’ll bear the burden of the effects of the recession. The key is in the education of girls and equipping women to meet these challenges by way of policy solutions that build on women’s role being economic actors. The governments across the world should also continue and increase investments in public health as well as education, child care , and other social services because they can help reduce the burden of this crisis on everyone in the family and raise productivity for better economic health.

What’s at stake?
The UNFPA sponsored International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) has warned that in times of economic recession, sexual and reproductive health services are likely to be affected as health spending is decreased. However, it’s an established fact that every dollar spent on reducing the unmet requirements for contraceptive treatments can save around $2-4 in spending on newborn and maternal health. Additionally, the health of children who could be greatly affected by the loss employment opportunities for women in both informal and formal sectors. This coupled with restricted accessibility to reproductive services and medical services can cause them to take recourse to abortion, which includes unsafe abortion.


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