World Population Day today

The World Population Day-2020 will be celebrated across the country as elsewhere of the world on Saturday with an aim to draw global attention on the importance of population issues, reports BSS.

But, due to ongoing coronavirus pandemic, only online discussion will be arranged in the country as no special programme will be taken.

The theme of the day this year is “safeguarding the health and rights of women and girls around the world especially during COVID-19 pandemic”. The world population day was decided to be celebrated in 90 countries of the world for the first time on July 11 in 1990 A recent UNFPA research highlighted that if the lockdown continues for 6 months, and there is major disruption to health services, then 47 million women in low and middle income countries might not have access to modern contraceptives.

This would in turn lead to 7 million unintended pregnancies. Apart from that, the world can see a rise in gender-based violence, female genital mutilation and child marriages.