World Population Day

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The History of World Population Day

The United Nations (UN) created World Population Day in 1989 to focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues. Celebrated on July 11th, the UN established World Population Day to build off the interest created by “Five Billion Day.” This momentous event occurred in 1987 and celebrated the world’s population reaching five billion.

Many years and a few billion people later, issues spanning from the environment to human rights all remain affected by the world’s growing population. However, one of the most prominent issues highlighted by the growing population is the inequality of women and girls. With women making up nearly 50% of the world’s population, issues like family planning, gender equality, and maternal health more important than ever.

A Focus On Women and Population

World Population Day is a reminder that we can achieve a stronger future if we harness the power of every human being on the planet. It has been proven time and again that economies prosper when women and girls are empowered to receive education, work, own property, hold government positions, receive equal pay, etc. Women are critical to every economy worldwide, and when we unlock their full potential, we can push towards bettering society.

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World Population Day: How FINCA Is Getting Involved

Supporting the human rights and wellbeing of women and girls around the world is crucial in addressing population-related issues. At FINCA, this means stepping up efforts to educate and empower women. It also means eliminating discriminatory behaviors and practices that disadvantage women. This is something FINCA specifically combats through specialized hiring and training programs in the countries where we work.

FINCA has always worked, and will continue to work, towards empowering women and girls. Many issues related to population are most severe in developing countries. As such, FINCA remains focused on adapting our work to address population-related issues, and consequently women’s rights and empowerment.