Archive for July 11th, 2016

11/07/2016

Invest in Teenage Girls, They Face Enormous Challenges

Human Wrongs Watch

11 July 2016 (UN Women)* – World Population Day on 11 July focuses on the importance and urgency of population issues. This year’s theme “Investing in teenage girls,” calls for action to address the enormous challenges faced by teenage girls across the world.

 UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka visits the United Nations Trust Fund (UNTF) - supported Grassroot Soccer SKILLZ Street intervention at the Yomelela Primary School in Khayalitsha, the largest informal township in Cape Town South Africa.    Photo: UN Women/Karin Schermbrucker

Photo: UN Women/Karin Schermbrucker

Of the 700 million women alive today who were married as children, more than one in three were married before they turned 15.[1]

As young brides, girls have to forgo their youth and adolescence years, as they take on family responsibilities. They are unable to negotiate safe sex practices and vulnerable to early pregnancy, contracting HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.

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11/07/2016

World Population Day in Six Eye-Popping Charts

Human Wrongs Watch

UNITED NATIONS, New York, 11 July 2016 (UNFPA)* – Today is World Population Day, a day that calls attention on urgent population issues. This World Population Day spotlights the need to invest in teenage girls.

World Population Day in Six Eye-Popping Charts
Investing in teenage girls is critical – not only for girls, but for the world. © UNFPA Niger

Despite strides the world has made towards gender equality, teenage girls remain extremely vulnerable. Too many girls continue to see their rights abridged and prospects diminished by discrimination, exploitation and poverty.

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11/07/2016

World Population Day – The Plight of Vulnerable People in Emergencies

Human Wrongs Watch

The United Nations on 10 July 2016 planned to raise awareness of the needs of women and girls in emergencies on World Population Day 2015 with campaigns including an outdoor event in the Kazakh capital of Almaty and a panel discussion in the Thai capital of Bangkok on this year’s theme ‘vulnerable populations in emergencies.’

Syrian refugees fleeing the fighting near the Syrian city of Kobani wait in a holding area before boarding buses in Turkey (September 2014). Photo: UNHCR /I. Prickett

“Not since the end of the Second World War have so many people been forced from their homes across the planet,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his message on the Day, which is observed on July 11 as a day to focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues.

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11/07/2016

Half of All Sexual Assaults Worldwide, Committed against Girls Aged 15 or Younger

Human Wrongs Watch

11 July 2016 – Leaders and communities must focus on and stand up for the rights of teenage girls, particularly those who are poor, out of school, exploited, or subjected to harmful traditional practices, the United Nations has said, marking World Population Day with a call to bolster the success of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by investing in better opportunities for teen girls.

Students laugh as they leave school in Bangladesh. Photo: Scott Wallace/World Bank | Source: UN News Centre

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