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World Population Day – July 11, 2015

by Portal Web Editor last modified Jul 15, 2015 10:35 PM
Contributors: USAID
On July 11, 2015, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) joined the global community in commemoration of World Population Day.
This came at a critical moment, for population issues and policies are advancing to the forefront of global efforts to build a future that is more sustainable, prosperous, and just. The evidence is clear: Ensuring gender equality, advancing reproductive health, and protecting reproductive rights help nations break the cycle of poverty.

While some countries have seen incredible progress, others, especially those that experience violent conflict and natural disasters, have fallen further behind. Women and girls in these countries face additional perils, including sexual violence, abuse, and exploitation; forced marriage; female genital mutilation/cutting; and health complications.
This year’s World Population Day theme was “vulnerable populations in emergencies,” which reminds us that those with the least power are most in need of protection. Some of the most effective strategies include investing in women and girls; putting an end to gender-based violence, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation/cutting; boosting women’s economic empowerment and promoting their political participation and leadership; and advancing reproductive health and rights by providing universal access to voluntary family planning.

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