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Ghana Launches 2017 State Of World Population Report

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2017 State Of World Population Report

A 136-page document indicating the State of World Population 2017 report has been launched by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), entitled “World Apart: Reproductive health and rights in an age of inequality”.

The report suggested 10-point actions to help nations to bridge the inequality gap between the poor and the rich in the society.

The report also emphasised on the need to meet all unmet needs for family planning by prioritising women in the poorest 40 per cent of households; reach the poorest women with essential, life-saving antenatal and maternal health care.

It also called on nations to tear down barriers that prevent adolescent girls and young women from accessing sexual and reproductive health information and services.

It also promises, there would be a universal social protection floored by offering basic income security and covering essential services, including maternity-related benefits and supports.

The report suggested bolstering services such as childcare to enable women to enter or remain in the paid labour force; working towards measuring all dimension of inequality and how they influenced each other, and strengthen links between data and public policy.

The report further aims at accelerate the transition of informal jobs to formal, decent work, focusing first on sectors with large concentrations of poor, female workers, and unblock women’s access credit and property ownership.

It also stressed on the adoption of progressive policies aimed at accelerated income growth among the poorest 40 per cent, including through stepped-up human capital investments in girls and women; eliminating economic, social and geographic obstacles to girls’ access to secondary and higher education, and to their enrolment in courses in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, could bridge the gap.

Finally, the report reiterated on the need for all nations to meet every commitment and obligations to human rights, formally agreed at international conventions.

On his part, Hon. O.B Amoah, a Deputy Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, said there was the need for governments to acknowledge the benefits of improved sexual reproductive health and work towards achieving the goals.

Unveiling the Ministry have been working on programmes aimed at improving sexual reproductive health, especially maternal mortality at the district and regional levels.

O.B Amoah also emphasised that, we should eliminate all manner of social cultural barriers, that mitigates against women and girls in the society.

“We should be able to say that, we are on course for the 10-points actions a year from now,” he said.

Dr. Esther Ofei-Aboagye, a Former Director of the Institute of Local Government Studies, on her part said, in spit of poverty reducing to some extent over the years, inequality continue to persist.

She therefore, urged all and sundry to work hard towards bridging the gaps between the rural and urban poor.

The Country Representative of UNFPA Ghana, Mr. Niyi Ojuolape, also said, yea, the world was unequal, the inequality was not about money but human rights, happiness, sexual reproductive health and childcare.

“Every nation has to be inequitable to bridge the gap of inequality, If a country is going to develop, it has to start with the women because they borne the brunch of the family, yet, their efforts are not recognised,” he noted.

By:Sammy Adjei/Newsghana.com.gh

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