The World Population Day is an annual event, observed on July 11 every year, which seeks to raise awareness of global population issues. It was inspired by the public interest in Five Billion Day on July 11, 1987, the approximate date on which the world's population reached five billion people. aims to increase people's awareness of various population issues such as the importance of family planning, gender equality, poverty, maternal health, and human rights.
World Population day will run on the theme "Family Planning is a Human right" this year(2018). The world population is currently pegged at around 7 billion and according to UN reports is growing at a fast pace, adding 83 million people every year. Family planning was affirmed to be a human right.
Millions of women, globally, are still not given access to safe and effective family planning methods. Which is why it has been chosen as the focus for 2018. A basic human right is to be able to get safe and effective family planning. It should also be a voluntary choice. Gender equality and women’s empowerment depend on it. Furthermore, it is a key factor in reducing poverty.
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