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World Population Day 2009

On 11 July 2009, people around the world will be observing the 20th World Population Day in different ways.

 

This year's theme 'Fight Poverty. Educate Girls.' is a chance to build awareness of the importance of educating girls to a wide range of development issues, including poverty, human rights and gender equality.

 

No one knows yet what the full scale of this global economic crisis will look like. We do know that women and children in developing countries will bear the brunt of the impact. What started as a financial crisis in rich countries is now deepening into a global economic crisis that is hitting developing countries hard. It is already affecting progress toward reducing poverty.

 

Policy responses that build on women's roles as economic agents can do a lot to mitigate the effects of the crisis on development, especially because women, more than men, invest their earnings in the health and education of their children. Investments in public health, education, child care and other social services help mitigate the impact of the crisis on the entire family and raise productivity for a healthier economy.

When:  11 July 2009

Time:  All day!

Where:  Around the world!

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