World @ 7 Billion

On 11th July 2011, Uganda joined the world to commemorate the World Population Day (WPD). This year’s theme was Uganda @ 33 Million: Act Now. This theme is in line with the global campaign to mark the world at seven billion (w@7bn), a population mark which the world will reach on/around 31st October 2011. To commemorate the w@7bn and U@33m, a campaign seeking to mobilize organizations as well as individuals to undertake an action that is geared towards making the world a better place to live in is ongoing. In Uganda, we target to mobilize 33million actions under the following seven key issues;

  1. Poverty and inequality
  2. Women and girls
  3. Young people
  4. Reproductive health and rights
  5. Environment
  6. Babies and the aging
  7. Urbanization

Raising awareness about the population mark and what it means to live in a world with so many people is a way of highlighting the challenges, opportunities and actions that will shape the world’s future.  As more and more people join those of us already here, new challenges will arise, however, as individuals we play a key role in creating a sustainable world characterized by balance and peace for all. Reducing inequalities and finding ways to ensure well-being of people alive today will require new ways of thinking and unprecedented global cooperation.

Women and girls: Empowerment and progress

Uganda Women’s Network (UWONET) is an advocacy and lobbying network of national women’s NGO’s and individuals, operating in Uganda. It envisions ‘A Ugandan society free of all forms of gender based discrimination’. UWONET believes that the existing gender inequality and poverty impacts more on women.

Millions of girls and women could help us build a healthier future if we let them. It is a tragedy that women are not full partners now in the Ugandan economy. This lack of economic empowerment means women are less likely to have access to basic health care, financial capital, land and business ownership and education.

The economic cost of neglecting women taxes all of us. In Uganda, 16 women die unnecessarily every day from pregnancy and child birth. Satisfying the unmet need for family planning and maternal care would slow population growth and reduce strain on scarce natural and financial resources. Healthy mothers are also better able to contribute to their children’s health and education and to household resources.

With a renewed pledge by UN member states to promote gender equality as part of the MDGs, stressing that investing in women and girls has a multiplier effect on productivity, efficiency and sustained economic growth. The why of investing in women is self-evident; we need the HOW. We are all in this together and are counting on each other. Working together, incremental actions will create exponential results.

Please share your ideas, stories, projects so we can create a stronger world for all our children. Please email to info@uwonet.or.ug / uwonet1@gmail.com / 33millionactions@unfpa.or.ug or post on www.7billionactions.org

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