Today is World Population Day! Created by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in 1990, World Population Day highlights an important population issue each year. This year’s theme is “Family Planning: Empowering People, Developing Nations.” Since its conception, many countries, governments, organizations, and citizens have joined together to celebrate.
This year on World Population Day, the second Family Planning Summit will take place. The international conference will emphasize the importance of access to contraception and voluntary family planning. These services are not as available as they should be, especially in some of the world’s most impoverished countries. At the first Family Planning Summit in 2012, partner organizations and country representatives set a goal of reaching 120 million women and girls with access to modern contraceptives by 2020. Today, there are still 225 million women and girls who do not have access to safe and effective contraceptives and family planning.
At Kakenya’s Dream, we know that access to quality health care, including sexual and reproductive health, is essential for our girls’ learning and empowerment. That’s why our Health and Leadership Training program includes sessions and resources that help girls in our community understand and protect their bodies. The topics covered include sexually transmitted infections, early and adolescent pregnancy, effects of child marriage, FGM, and other health risks young girls face at higher rates than others in the community.
Join us on World Population Day to protect our girls against early childhood marriage, early pregnancy, and unsafe births by donating here. Your gift will give more girls access to our Health and Leadership Training Programs, and give them the information they need to advocate for their own reproductive and family planning needs.