UN: Girls need to access sexual and reproductive health information and services

UN: Girls need to access sexual and reproductive health information and services


States must be able to work together to create a world where teenage girls have use of sexual and reproductive health info and services, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has said.

UNFPA executive director Babatunde Osotimehin said ensuring that girls managed to exercise their rights, could pursue their education and had the abilities and chances to join the workforce was crucial for their very own well-being and formed a crucial basis for the health and success of families, communities and nations.

Their rights, he added, contained their freedom to decide on when and whom to wed, being free of exploitation, abuse and violence and whether or when to have children.

“When girls are free to define their lives and enjoy their rights, they not only enjoy better health and healthier children. Girls are also better able enough to lead to national development as economical actors and entrepreneurs, helping their countries reap a demographic dividend and driving economic growth,”

Osotimehin said in his comments in a celebration of the International Day of the Girl Child on Oct. 11.

He praised the international community, his statement had answered enthusiastically to evidence that by investing in girls, tremendous returns were yielded by featuring ladies’ rights in the 2030 Plan for Sustainable Development.

“The new plan recognizes that increased attention to the health and well-being of the planet’s adolescent girls, including their sexual and reproductive health, is a necessary condition for success, and calls potently for a stronger focus on teenage girls across sectors,” said Osotimehin.

The UNFPA highlights that despite improvement in the last few years, girls have continued to endure exclusion, discrimination and acute disadvantages, just since they are young and female.

“For many girls, puberty marks an accelerating trajectory into inequality. In addition, it represents a crucial window for preventive and protective investments that we should make if we are intent on achieving complete gender equality,” said Osotimehin