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 at the seams due to the ever-growing global population. According to the present estimations, the population of the world is estimated to be around 6.5 billion. In India, the population is approximately 1.17 billion which is approximately one-sixth the total population. Visit:-

So , what’s the deal? It’s simple logic! When the world grows in numbers so does it problems! As more people are added to the world, the bigger issues become! More people means more food to be grown for food, greater resources to provide high-quality health and education More jobs need to be developed to help people find jobs in towns and cities to be able to accommodate and a myriad of other things! However, the current economic collapse isn’t going to allow this to happen in the same way as it ought to be. Actually they have already put back on a variety of crucial global issues, including education and health.

This twin-problem of increasing population and the global financial and economic crisis is threatening to reverse hard-earned improvements in health and education in developing countries and the most affected by this are girls and women, feels the United Nations. Prior to the crisis the girls and women comprised an overwhelming majority of people in the poverty. Now, the crisis has only increased their circumstances, dragging them into poverty, while which means they are more vulnerable to health risks, particularly those who are pregnant and also to malnutrition, hunger, and unemployment. It is not possible to not pay attention to the plights of women, as it has the ominous potential to spill over to affect the entire global community. Therefore, it is right that the main focus on the upcoming World Population Day on July 11 is to invest in women and girls. The UN calls on member nations to continue to invest in empowering women to aid us in getting out of this world of turmoil. In this way, the United Nations believes that the world will be back on the path in achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

The purpose and origins of World Population Day (WPD)
The most urgent issue is to increase awareness among global communities about the population crisis amid the economic meltdown and the worst repercussions that it could cause, particularly to girls and women, and the way that tackling these issues can aid the world! All of humanity will need to come together to continue to think about ways to come out with novel and safe solutions to reduce the disparity between the resources available and the rising population! And this the year’s World Population Day on July 11 is a great opportunity to do this.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of World Population Day. What began as an annual celebration organized organised by the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme in 1989, and was in turn inspired in part by Five Billion Day on July 11, 1987 when the world’s population surpassed five billion, has now become more important than never before. Apart from honouring the customary way of celebrations to raise awareness of global issues of population growth, the WPD sets goals and find ways to accomplish them by organizing events, workshops, meetings, seminars and debates and this year’s WPD will have a greater responsibility to complete while the world is stricken by the effects of the recession!

2009 WPD theme can help tackle recession-induced inadequacies and world population control
The theme of this year’s UN Population Fund’s (UNFPA) World Population Day is “Fight Poverty, Educate Girls.” The banners proclaim “When girls stay in school and get an education, poverty has no chance,” this year’s campaign encourages everyone to join the movement against poverty and teach girls.’ This year, the World Population Day aims to raise awareness about the importance of education for girls in order to stop the cycle of negative consequences starting with development issues, to poverty, human rights and equality for women and girls.

The global economic downturn is causing extra concern for a world which is already confronting the apprehension of an increasing population. What started as a financial crisis in the rich countries is now becoming an economic crisis in the world that is affecting developing nations in a devastating way. Recession basically means a sense of insecurity resulting in deep cuts to spending, which includes existing and new investments leading to increased unemployment, and increasing protectionionism which means that more and more foreign workers in countries and institutions becoming jobless, governments spending less on welfare-related public projects such as education, health, nutrition and so on, which leads to the disempowerment of women and people especially. These will only make things worse.

Based on the UNFPA the most important thing is in empowering children and women, particularly in countries in need because they are the ones who will take the most of the consequences of the economic downturn. The main focus is on educating girls and empowering women to overcome these issues through the use of policies that build on the role of women in the economy as agents. The governments around the world should continue and boost investments in public health, education, child care and other social services as these will reduce the impact of the crisis on all members of the family and boost productivity to create an improved economy.

What’s at stake!
It is the UNFPA supported International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) has warned that in times of recession, healthcare of women and children services will likely be affected as health spending is cut. However, it’s an established fact that every dollar spent on reducing the unmet need for contraceptive services will avoid about $2-4 in expenses for newborn and maternal health. Also at stake is the health of children who could be greatly affected due to the loss of work opportunities for women both in the formal and informal sectors. With limited access to family planning and medical services can cause them to seek out abortions, including unsafe abortion.


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