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Can we celebrate World Population Day?

Post by: Manasi Kulkarni

What do you do with a day like today? Celebrate or mourn? The World Population Day was created by the United Nations to raise awareness about the alarming population growth humans experienced. While childbirth is a time to rejoice, the creation of this day only reminds of the doom and gloom our decisions to rejoice have brought upon us.


The world is already at a population of 7 billion and counting. While some countries are reporting dramatic decreases in birthrates, some others have shown comparable increases that threaten to cancel out the slowdown effect. While we have to worry about food, water and in general resources shortage, we also have to look at the impact it has on the social fabric of our societies. The population growth carries within it problems such as adolescence pregnancy, that are the primary focus of the UN this year.

In an alarmingly high figure, about 16 million adolescent girls give birth every year, while another 3 million have unsafe abortions according to the WHO. If you scratch the surface further you find distressing child-mother deaths, malnutrition and problems that come with it, sexual exploitation, coercion, failure of contraceptive campaigns etc. Addressing the problem of population growth therefore also includes addressing these issues simultaneously, along with particular attention to education of girls in low and medium-income countries, availability of health care in the remotest of regions and awareness regarding sexual behavior among young adolescents and within closed societies.

We could celebrate this day by helping spread awareness about these pertinent issues, instead of pretending that they happen only in other countries (either very rich or very poor). You could talk to your adolescent kids, cousins, nieces and nephews about the risks of adolescent pregnancy and sex education in general. You could talk to and help your domestic help educate their children, particularly the girl child and convey the importance of delaying marriage to adulthood.


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