There are more than 7 billion people on planet earth right now. Such a mind-boggling figure, but what does that really mean?
The Governing Council of the United Nations created World Population Day in 1989 to raise awareness about the problems caused by overpopulation.
This year’s celebration calls for global attention to the unfinished business of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development.
However, 25 years have passed since that landmark conference, where 179 governments recognized that reproductive health and gender equality are essential for achieving sustainable development.
I find this year’s celebration very interesting, because reproductive health and gender equality are brought to the fore.
On a day like this, advocates from around the world call on leaders, policymakers, grassroots organizers, and others, to help make reproductive health a reality for all.
Reproductive health, gender equality, and women’s empowerment are intertwined and they are necessary for the advancement of society.
Securing reproductive health, individual rights and women’s empowerment is the obligation of every country and community and I join my voice today to say let’s take action!