THEME:REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH AND GENDER EQUALITY ARE ESSENTIAL FOR ACHEVING SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT.
World population day is celebrated annually on the 11th of July to raise awareness on the increase in population globally. In 1987 when world population hit 5 billion, population growth and management became a global concern. In 1989, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) general assembly earmarked 11TH of July to celebrate world population day. In 2012, focus shifted to managing reproductive health as a means to reducing maternal and child mortality, poverty, gender inequality, quality education and decent work and economic growth, good health and well-being etc. In line with all other goals of sustainable development.
This year the theme for the world population day is ‘Reproductive Health and Gender Equality are Essential achieving sustainable development’. Presently, Nigeria has an estimated population of 201,007,725, which is equivalent to 2.6% of the world’s total population,and our economic growth does not in any way measure up to our population growth. Which is an indication that the poverty rate will be on the rise if issues of child spacing and gender equality in terms of educating and empowering women are not harnessed. Women should have free access to reproductive health-care such as antenatal care, child spacing methods, women should be educated on the health and social implications of having more children than the family can carter for. Health implications in terms of the risk of maternal and child mortality, social implications in terms of having children who might indulge in delinquent activities due to lack of basic parental care thereby creating more social problems. For Nigeria to achieve a large percentage of the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs) by 2030 , Nigeria ha to prioritize the girl child education at all levels and give women equal opportunities in the labour force and in politic.
Lets Talk Humanity Initiative is working the theme of this year’s world population day by offering women equal opportunities in the work place and empowering rural women across Nigeria.
LETS TALK HUMANITY, LETS TALK WOMEN EMPOWERMENT.