Thought For The Day – Wednesday 12th July 2023

People and Planet

Yesterday was World Population Day.

World Population Day aims to raise awareness of issues related to the global population of over 8 billion people.

World Population reminds us to care for, look after and respect people and planet, creating a better and sustainable future for all.

We all have rights.  We all have responsibilities.

From the United Nations, the theme of World Population Day 2023 is:

“Unleashing the power of gender equality: Uplifting the voices of women and girls to unlock our world’s infinite possibilities.”

The United Nations state:

“What women and girls want matters.  Women and girls make up 49.7% of the global population, yet women and girls are often ignored in discussions on demographics, with their rights violated in population policies. This pervasive injustice keeps women and girls out of school, the workforce and leadership positions; limits their agency and ability to make decisions about their health and sexual and reproductive lives; and heightens their vulnerability to violence, harmful practices and preventable maternal death, with a woman dying every two minutes due to pregnancy or childbirth. We must advance gender equality to create a more just, resilient and sustainable world.

The creativity, ingenuity, resources and power of women and girls are fundamental to addressing demographic and other challenges that threaten our future, including climate change and conflict.”