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CAIRO – 11 July 2017: July 11 is observed internationally as World Population Day. This day is dedicated to the promotion of crucial issues such as the importance of family planning, gender equality, poverty, maternal health, demographic data and statistics, research and human rights.
The 2017 World Population Day theme is
: Empowering People, Developing Nations.
Family planning or birth spacing concept advises women to have a gap of at least three years before the next pregnancy to ensure that the mother gets the recommended two years to breastfeed the child and to regain her health in the third year.
According to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), who carries the vision of delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted and every childbirth is safe and every young person's potential is fulfilled, around the world some 214 million women in developing countries who want to avoid pregnancy are not using safe and effective family planning methods.
For reasons ranging from lack of access to information or services to lack of support from their partners or communities, many of those with an unmet demand for contraceptives live in the poorest countries on earth.
On this day, organized efforts around the world collaborate to bring attention to the urgency and importance of birth spacing and family planning, as human rights, for sustainable development and elevating poverty.
These efforts include sharing key messages on issues like control over body, sexual and reproductive health and rights, gender equality, and human rights.
Below are some of the key messages shared by leading advocates marking the ‘World Population Day’ under the theme ‘Her Future’.
UNFPA – Her Future should be in her own hands
WHO – When women can plan their fertility, they can plan their futures
UNFPA – Her Future will be healthier and happier if she plans her family today
UNFPA – Urges a stand with the millions of women demanding that their right to family planning be protected?
Alexander De Croo, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Development Cooperation, Digital Agenda and Telco (Belgium)
UNFPA - 214 million women worldwide lack access to family planning
UNFPA – Her Future is our shared responsibility
UNFPA – Access to family planning could reduce maternal deaths by a third, and child deaths by as much as 20 percent
UNFPA – Access to voluntary family planning is a fundamental human right
Marie Stopes – Family planning empower women, and empowered women transform societies
UNFPA – Put education first
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