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‘Women need to be independent to decide on the number of children and birth gap’

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Kathmandu, July 12, 2017: Speaker Onsari Gharti has said that the nation could effectively adopt the population policy only after women are independent to decide on the number of children and birth gap.

Addressing a program organized on the occasion of World Population Day here Tuesday, Gharti said that husbands are found forcing their wives for more children despite having five to six daughters already.

Nepal is marking the day on July 11 since 1990. The slogan for this year is ‘Family Planning: empowering people, developing nations.’ Nepal has included population education in the school curriculum since 2056 BS.

Meanwhile, Giulia Vallese, country representative for United Nations Population Fund has said Nepal’s inspiration to become a middle-income country and to attain the sustainable development goals by 2030 rests on how much it will invest in its young people, including teenage girls, which is the theme of this year’s world population day.

Vallese added that with the largest proportion of young people in its current demographic structure, Nepal is poised to reap a demographic dividend – the accelerated development that can arise when a population has a relatively large proportion of working-age people coupled with effective human capital investment.

The Population Summit on 1987 had decided to observe Population Day after the population of the world reached five billion.

According to a study, population of the world has reached 7.50 billion on April 24, 2017. As per the census of 2068 BS of Nepal, the population is 26.494 million. Of them population of male is 12.849 million while 13.645 million are female. Census is carried out in every 10 years in Nepal.

According to UNFPA, although 53 per cent of married women of the world use contraceptives it is not found being used in the proper way.

Source: RSS