On World Population Day, DepEd enjoins stakeholders to ensure that female students are given education that will empower them

On the occasion of the observance of World Population Day on July 11, the Department of Education enjoins stakeholders particularly the school and community leaders, to ensure that female students are given an education that will empower them.

In a statement, DepEd said, "Let us grow young females whose rights, needs, well-being, and potentials are not compromised or violated. Let us take strides to allow our young women to lead and have a voice that's heard."

"When we empower our young girls, we work toward a future made brighter by women who are compassionate as they are competent. On today's World Population Day, let us take a moment to remember that this world is for our young girls to seize, as well as to shape."

July 11 is World Population Day, a day marked to bring to light the issues and concerns related to the global population. The observance of this day was inspired by the public interest in Five Billion Day on July 11, 1987, the estimated date on which the world's population reached a total of five billion people.

This year's theme, "Investing in Teenage Girls", focuses on the urgent and critical significance of ensuring that the rights of teenage girls are supported and protected.

Despite the modern world's achievements in gender equality, teenage girls still remain vulnerable and compromised by social and economic disparities. In many parts of the world, girls are deemed, even forced, by their community and their families to be ready for marriage and childbirth. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) reports that in developing countries-one in every three girls is married before she is 18 and every day, over 20,000 girls under 18 give birth. Women are also still prone to sexual violence.

Source: The Philippine Information Agency

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