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World Population Day: Safeguarding the health and rights of women and girls

World Population Day is observed annually on 11 July. It marks the date, in 1987, when the world’s population hit the 5 billion mark. The theme this year is based on safeguarding the health and rights of women and girls around the world especially during the time of COVID-19 pandemic. Secretary-General of the UN António Guterres stated that, COVID19 has deepened existing inequalities & vulnerabilities for women & girls. On Saturday's World Population Day and every day, we must protect the rights of women and girls, end gender-based violence and safeguard sexual and reproductive health care. Meanwhile, Dr. Natalia Kanem, Executive director, United nations population fund (UNFPA) said that, "family planning is not only a matter of human rights but is also central to women's empowerment, reducing poverty and achieving sustainable growth. There were an estimated 7.8 billion people living on Earth as of March 2020, and with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the number is …

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