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 with a plethora of people thanks to the growing world population. Based on current estimations, the population of the world is around 6.5 billion. The population of India is around 1.17 billion which is about one-sixth of the global population. What’s the significance? It’s simple logic! As the world expands in size, so do the issues! The more people there are, the bigger the problems become! More people means more food crops to grow to feedthe hungry, more resources for quality health and education and more jobs to be created to create employment in towns and cities to serve, and many other things! The current global economic crisis is not allowing this to happen as quickly as it should. Actually, the current economic crisis has put the stop to a number of important global issues, the most important being education and health. Visit:-

The twin issue of a growing population as well as the global economic and financial crisis could reverse the hard-earned improvements in health and education in the developing world. The most affected by this are girls and women according to of the United Nations. Before the crisis hit the girls and women comprised most of those who are poverty. The current crisis has only made worse their circumstances, dragging them into poverty, and which means they are more vulnerable to risk of health problems, particularly when they are pregnant, as well as to malnutrition, hunger, and unemployment. It is not possible to ignore to the issues of women, as it could be a serious risk that could be a problem for the entire global community. Therefore, it is right that the main focus on the upcoming World Population Day on July 11 is on investing in girls and women. The UN urges member countries to continue investing in women’s empowerment to assist us in getting out of the current global chaos. In this way, the United Nations believes that the world will be back on track to reaching goals of the Millennium Development Goals.

The origins and the purpose behind World Population Day (WPD)
The urgent need is to raise awareness among all communities around the world about the growing population problem that is a result of the economic downturn and the devastating consequences that it could cause especially for girls and women, and the ways in which addressing these issues can benefit the world! The world needs to come together to continue to think about ways to come up with new and safer methods to address the gap between resources available and the growing population! This Year’s World Population Day on July 11 aims to accomplish this.

This year marks twenty years since World Population Day. It was first introduced as an annual celebration initiated by the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme in 1989, which was influenced to the Five Billion Day on July 11, 1987, when the world’s population surpassed five billion, has likely gained more importance than ever before. In addition to honoring the traditional manner of celebrating to increase awareness about the global issue of population, it also sets objectives and look for ways to achieve them by organizing events, workshops, discussions, and rallies This year’s WPD is a much more important job to do in the midst of the effects of recession!

2009 WPD theme could help address the effects of recession and help with world 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,” the campaign this year urges everyone to join the fight against poverty and help educate girls.’ This year is World Population Day. World Population Day aims to raise awareness about the importance of teaching girls in order to break the cycle of negative consequences beginning with issues of development, to poverty, to human rights and equality of gender.

The economic crisis that has hit the world is causing more concern for a planet which is already confronting the apprehension of an increasing population. What began as a financial crisis in the rich nations is now transforming into an economic crisis across the globe that is affecting developing nations in a devastating way. Recession is essentially a feeling of uncertainty that leads to massive reductions in spending, including new and existing investments, leading to a rise in unemployment and a rise in protectionism which results in more foreign workers in countries and institutions are becoming unemployed and governments are spending less on social welfare programs like nutrition, education, and health and so on, which leads to the disempowerment of women and people particularly. This will only increase the severity of the problem.

As per the UNFPA the most important thing is in the empowerment of women and children, especially in the developing world because they are the ones who will take the burden of the effects of the economic downturn. The most important thing is to educate girls and helping women overcome these issues through the use of policies that build on the role of women in the economy as agents. Governments across the globe must also keep up and expand the amount of public health investments and education, child care , and other social services since these can help reduce the burden of the crisis on the whole family, and increase productivity for an improved economy.

What’s going on?
It is the UNFPA funded International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) has stated that during times of economic recession, healthcare of women and children services are likely to be affected as health spending is reduced. But, it’s an established fact that every dollar spent on reducing the unmet requirements for contraceptive treatments can save around $2-4 in expenses for newborn and maternal health. The other issue is the health of babies that could be significantly affected by the loss of jobs for women working in both formal and informal industries. The combination of this with a lack of availability of family planning services as well as health care services can force women to seek out abortion, which includes unsafe abortion.


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