World Population Day
11 July is observed by the international community as World Population Day, a day to focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues. This year's theme is 'Investing in teenage girls.'
Teenage girls around the world face enormous challenges. Many are considered by their communities or parents to be ready for marriage and motherhood. Many are forced from school, damaging their future prospects. Even among girls who stay in school, access to basic information about their health, human rights and reproductive rights can be hard to come by, leaving them vulnerable to illness, injury and exploitation. These challenges are exacerbated among marginalized girls, such as those living in poverty or remote areas.
Yet when teenage girls are empowered, when they know about their rights and are given the tools to succeed, they become agents of positive change in their communities.
Using the opportunity of the World Population Day 2016, with partners National Bureau of Statistics - NBS, The Maldives National University and PSM News, UNFPA Maldives is facilitating an interactive dialogue with Dr. John May of the Population Reference Bureau.
Dr. John May will use his Maldives population dynamics analysis based on the results of Census Maldives 2014 as the starting point of the dialogue on population issues.
The event is open to the public. You are most welcome to join in the discussion.
"Leaders and communities must focus on and stand up for the human rights of the most marginalized teenage girls, particularly those who are poor, out of school, exploited, or subjected to harmful traditional practices, including child marriage," UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin said. "Marginalized girls are vulnerable to poor reproductive health and more likely to become mothers while still children themselves. They have a right to understand and control their own bodies and shape their own lives."