Date(s) - 11/07/2018
World Population Day on 11 July seeks to focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues. The theme in 2018 will be “Family Planning is a Human Right”.
2018 marks the 50th anniversary of a conference that focused on family planning. In 1968, the International Conference on Human Rights was held. For the first time ever, family planning was affirmed to be a human right. The Tehran Proclamation, adopted during the conference, states that it is a basic right of parents to be able to decide on the number and spacing of their children.
Millions of women, globally, are still not given access to safe and effective family planning methods. Which is why it has been chosen as the focus for 2018. A basic human right is to be able to get safe and effective family planning. It should also be a voluntary choice. Gender equality and women’s empowerment depend on it. Furthermore, it is a key factor in reducing poverty.