Today, the 11th of July marks the global celebration of the World Population Day. Following the recommendation of the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), every July 11th is recognized globally as a day of celebrating and focusing on urgent and important population issues.
For this year, the theme is “Investing in teenage girls.”
Today, the world population stands at 7.3 billion, says the United Nations Population Fund.
This increase has been caused largely by an increasing number of people surviving to reproductive age, and has been accompanied by major changes in fertility rates, increasing urbanization, and accelerating migration.
Teenage girls around the world, the UN says, face enormous challenges.
"Many are considered by their communities or parents to be ready for marriage and motherhood. many are forced from school, danaging their future prospects," the UN has said.
“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 members of ethnic minorities or those living in poverty or remote areas,” a report indicated.
Teenage girls, the International body says, when empowered, when thought their rights, when given tools to succeed, would become agents of positive change.
By: Kumi Obed Afari.