Bangladesh – Ensuring Choices and Rights

The Daily Star in association with Team Associates and Marie Stopes Bangladesh organised an online discussion titled “World Population Day: Ensuring Choices and Rights” on July 8, 2021. Here we publish a summary of the discussion.

Wed Jul 28, 2021
Monjun Nahar, Lead, Advocacy and Communication, Marie Stopes Bangladesh

This year, the World Population Day focuses on comprehensive rights and choices on sexual and reproductive health. The theme itself refers to the global consensus that reproductive health rights are integral and indivisible parts of human rights. Particularly for women reproductive rights are deeply connected with their life and livelihood. The ability to take decisions about their sexual and reproductive health is a key indicator that women are in control of their own lives.

However, we are talking about rights and choices in a context where women have very little independence to take decision by herself. A woman's education, marriage, profession are mostly dependent on her family members.

Continued: https://www.thedailystar.net/round-tables/news/ensuring-choices-and-rights-2138396


Countries called on to reaffirm commitment to ICPD agenda

Stevie Emilia and Rita Widiadana

The Jakarta Post, Tue, July 21, 2020

Just a few months before the COVID-19 pandemic began wreaking havoc, leaders from across the globe, including Indonesia, reaffirmed their commitment to advancing the sexual reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of their people.

The commitments were made during the 25th anniversary of the landmark Program of Action of the International Conference of Population and Development (ICPD) in Nairobi in November 2019.

Continued: https://www.thejakartapost.com/life/2020/07/21/countries-called-on-to-reaffirm-commitment-to-icpd-agenda.html


‘COVID-19 May Increase Unintended Pregnancies, Unsafe Abortion’

July 16, 2020
Martins Ifijeh

Speaking during a webinar organised by the Network of Reproductive Health Journalists, Nigeria recently to commemorate this year’s World Population Day, the experts said the COVID-19 lockdown prevented many women and girls from accessing family planning services.

Sharing his thoughts, the former Country Director, Ipas Nigeria, Dr. Ejike Oji, said some women who became pregnant during the lockdown and have had the number of children of their choice, would resort to unsafe abortion, adding that young girls caught up in the same scenario may end up with unsafe abortion.

Continued: https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2020/07/16/covid-19-may-increase-unintended-pregnancies-unsafe-abortion/


Asia Pacific – Beyond tokenism: Accelerating rights of women and girls in a post-COVID era

by Shobha Shukla, CNS
July 15, 2020

I am tempted to share this very recent photograph of a newly done up mural in a very prominent area of my city barely a stone-throw distance from the state parliament. It is a clear depiction of what our patriarchal society wants its women to be-meek submissive, docile, their colourless faces devoid of any hope or desires. I fervently hope that it is not the sign of times to come.

This year’s World Population Day theme of safeguarding the health and rights of women and girls is bang on spot, more so in the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Continued: https://www.mangalorean.com/beyond-tokenism-accelerating-rights-of-women-and-girls-in-a-post-covid-era/


Marie Stopes Uganda speaks out on COVID-19, population growth

Julius Businge, The Independent
July 14, 2020   

As Uganda joined the rest of the world to
commemorate the World Population Day on July 11, Marie Stopes Uganda, a health
focused international organization working in Uganda urged the government and
other actors to work towards having a healthy and productive population to
achieve social economic transformation.

This year’s day commemoration came at a time when the country and the rest of
the world governments were relaxing restrictions put in place earlier to combat
the spread of coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). Uganda had by press time,
recorded a total of 1,029 coronavirus cases with 0 deaths.

Continued: https://www.independent.co.ug/marie-stopes-uganda-speaks-out-on-covid-19-population-growth/


Nepal – Putting the brakes on COVID-19: Safeguarding the health and rights of women and girls

Published: July 11, 2020

KATHMANDU: The COVID-19 pandemic has sickened 16,649 people and left 35 dead in Nepal as of July 10. But the full toll of this catastrophe has been incalculably greater. The health system has been overwhelmed and the economy has been greatly impacted. Women and girls have been disproportionately affected, with sexual and reproductive health services being curtailed and gender-based violence on the rise.

Today, 11 July, is World Population Day, a moment to raise awareness of the sexual and reproductive health needs of people. This year, UNFPA is calling attention to the needs and vulnerabilities of women and girls amid the pandemic, and the efforts needed to secure their health and human rights.

Continued: https://thehimalayantimes.com/kathmandu/putting-the-brakes-on-covid-19-safeguarding-the-health-and-rights-of-women-and-girls/


India – A human health project

A human health project
Empowering women to make reproductive choices and opt for quality family planning services can help India not only address the fertility challenge but fulfill the ICPD pledge

Friday, 12 July 2019
Swapna Majumdar

Ever since 1989, July 11 is observed as the World Population Day to draw attention to issues surrounding human population. The urgent need to provide an enabling environment to facilitate women’s autonomy in reproductive decisions was underlined five years later in 1994 at the Cairo International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD). Here, for the first time, an international agreement, recognising the right to sexual and reproductive health, was signed by 179 countries, including India.

Twenty five years have passed since the historic ICPD Programme of Action. Although India has taken several measures to provide universal access to reproductive health services, including contraceptives, has it really delivered on its promise to give women the right to choose when, if and how many children to have?

Continued: https://www.dailypioneer.com/2019/columnists/a-human-health-project.html


World Contraception Day 2018: Theme and Objective of The Day Dedicated To Population Control In Countries Like India

World Contraception Day 2018: Theme and Objective of The Day Dedicated To Population Control In Countries Like India

Shaloo Tiwari
Sep 26, 2018

Every year, the 26th of September is observed as World Contraception Day. Like every year, even in 2018, the focus is to create awareness about the topic of contraception, which remains more or less stigmatised in heavily populated countries like India. Population explosion can put a great strain on the resources of the nation, reducing the quality of life. Proper knowledge about contraception methods is the only way to curb the menace, and also reduce the burden of STDs and unwanted pregnancies. Let’s explore the theme of objective of the day dedicated to population control this year. Effective Contraceptive Methods to Birth Control: World Population Day 2018 Focuses on Family Planning.

Continued: https://www.latestly.com/lifestyle/health-wellness/world-contraception-day-2018-theme-meaning-objective-and-importance-of-this-day-to-control-population-in-countries-like-india-403458.html


Establish Youth Friendly Centres Dedicated To Providing Sexual And Reproductive Health Services – DevComs To Nigerian Govt.

Establish Youth Friendly Centres Dedicated To Providing Sexual And Reproductive Health Services – DevComs To Nigerian Govt.

11/07/2018
Posted by: Editor

A Nigeria based NGO, Development Communications Network (DevComs) has called for the establishment of Youth Friendly Centres dedicated to providing sexual and reproductive health services that meets the special needs of the target group.

“it is important to establish Youth Friendly Centres dedicated to providing sexual and reproductive health services that meets young people at their point of need rather than resorting to practices that endangers their lives,” says Akin Jimoh, programme Director of DevComs in a statement on the 2018 World Population Day.

Continued: https://www.africaprimenews.com/2018/07/11/news/establish-youth-friendly-centres-dedicated-to-providing-sexual-and-reproductive-health-services-devcoms-to-nigerian-govt/


Nigeria: NPC charges Sultan, Emir others to preach family planning

NPC charges Sultan, Emir others to preach family planning

On July 12, 2017
By AbdulSalam Muhammad

KANO—The National Population Commission, NPC, yesterday, charged the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar; Emir of Kano, Malam Muhammad Sanusi II; fiery Islamic cleric, Malam Abubakar Gumi, and other eminent traditional and religious leaders in the North to champion the spread of family planning gospel in the region.

The Commission’s Chairman, Chief Eze Duruiheoma, while celebrating this year’s World Population Day in Kano, said their involvement was for the sake of building a healthy and prosperous society.

Continued at source: Vanguard Nigeria: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2017/07/npc-charges-sultan-emir-others-preach-family-planning/