The Rockview Hotel in Abuja was the venue for the commemoration of the 2023 World Population Day on July 11th. This annual event, part of an international awareness campaign, aims to draw global attention to the current population trends affecting the world. The occasion highlights the urgent need to address the challenges posed by sustained global population growth and demographic-related issues.
This year’s World Population Day focused on the theme “Unleashing the power of gender equality: Uplifting the voices of women and girls to unlock our world’s infinite possibilities.” The event aimed to shed light on the positive impact of Sustainable Development Goal 5 (SDG5) and emphasize the importance of gender equality and empowerment.
Women and girls, who make up nearly half of Nigeria’s population, often face neglect and limited access to opportunities within societies and communities. The event highlighted the necessity of giving women and girls the attention they deserve and bridging the gender gap to enable their active participation in all aspects of society. By doing so, it is believed that Nigeria can experience a significant socioeconomic transformation.
The commemoration emphasized the crucial role of gender mainstreaming in creating a balanced and prosperous world. The speakers at the event stressed that as the global population continues to grow, it is imperative to harness the powers of gender equality to foster positive change. By uplifting the voices of women and girls and providing them with equal opportunities, the world can progress towards a brighter future.
The National Population Commission extended warm wishes on World Population Day, reminding everyone of the significance of acknowledging and addressing global population issues. The event served as a platform to raise awareness and encourage action, emphasizing that gender equality is not only a fundamental human right but also a key driver of sustainable development.
As the commemoration concluded, participants left with a renewed commitment to work towards creating a society that values and empowers women and girls. It is hoped that the discussions and insights shared during the event will inspire concrete actions that lead to tangible improvements in the lives of women and girls, both in Nigeria and around the world.
Happy World Population Day from all of us at the National Population Commission.