Many women across the globe get pregnant by chance rather than by choice and the concept of family planning is totally neglected by a large number of families. Nearly 50 years ago, the ability to control the birth and spacing of one’s family was affirmed as the birth controlling elements such as contraceptives or the usage of reproductive protection was kind of a taboo in many households.
Today on World Population Day 2018, United Nations urges every woman to take a step forward to plan her family and her life. It emphasises the fact that family planning is a human right. UNFPA Executive Director Natalia Kanem said in her statement, “Family planning is not only a matter of human rights; it is also central to women’s empowerment, reducing poverty and achieving sustainable development.”
“This threatens their ability to build a better future for themselves, their families and their communities. UNFPA is fully committed to continuing to support countries’ efforts to uphold the right of individuals, especially women, to plan a family. We are striving to end all unmet need for voluntary family planning in developing countries, by 2030”, she added.
World Population Day takes place every year on July 11 and this day is observed to create an awareness regarding the population issues faced globally. This day has been established by the United Nations Development Programme in 1989.
This day was inspired when the global world population approximately hit 5 billion on Jul 11, 1987. The World Population day deals with issues like gender equality, poverty, family planning, maternal health and human rights.