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Family Planning Important Focus For International Day Of The Girl

Delaware Online: Celebrate International Day of the Girl
Judith Herrman, professor in the University of Delaware’s School of Nursing

“As we celebrate International Day of the Girl this Saturday, one focus that should gain greater attention is that of ensuring that young women around the world are able to have healthy and well-spaced births. The ability for girls and young women to plan and space their births is critical both locally and globally and is necessary for healthier families, stronger communities, and a better world for us all. … Organizations, such as the United Nations Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and others are working to increase public awareness about this critical need around the globe. … In honor of International Day of the Girl, let’s all work to empower girls everywhere by supporting local and global efforts to enrich the lives of girls and young women as they choose health for themselves, their families, and their community” (10/9).