World Population Day’s message: Invest in teenage girls

July 26, 2016

This year the United Nation’s World Population Day turned it’s focus to developing young women with the message: Invest in teenage girls for a more stable and peaceful world.

Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, executive director of The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) said:

“When a teenage girl has the power, the means and the information to make her own decisions in life, she is more likely to overcome obstacles that stand between her and a healthy, productive future. This will benefit her, her family and her community.”

“When she has no say in decisions about her education, health, work or even marital status, she may never realize her full potential or become a positive force for transformation in her home, community and nation.”

NGO Room to Read has reported that nearly 50 percent of young girls in Cambodia are labourers instead of students.

Read more on the Khmer Times website.

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