World Population Day 2007
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Men's involvement and participation can make all the difference in women's lives.


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Fathers often decide whether a daughter will marry young or have a chance to complete an education. Early marriage can lead to high-risk pregnancies. Husbands play a key role in deciding how many children a couple will have, and when. These decisions can shape the future of the whole family. Men often make financial decisions, including whether to pay for a midwife or transportation to a hospital. When compli- cations arise, these decisions can be a matter of life or death.

As political, community and religious leaders, men shape public opinion. Their support for women's health and well-being can affect the care that pregnant women receive. In the absence of a vaccine or cure, men’s behaviour is crucial to preventing the spread of HIV. Women are increasingly at risk.
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Suggested Activities for World Population Day

Each year for the past 17 years, UNFPA offices in all parts of the world have raised awareness about important population and development issues by finding creative ways to publicize World Population Day. Here are some ideas:

 Attract attention to the message by inviting politicians and celebrities to make public statements and take a leadership role in promoting men’s involvement in maternal health.
 Make sure to include men in the planning and execution of World Population Day.
 Organize public contests for posters, essays and plays about the importance of involving men in women’s health issues.
"We see men and women as partners in a relationship built on mutual respect, trust and commitment. Partnering with men promotes the right of every woman, man and child to enjoy a life of health and equal opportunity."

--Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, UNFPA Executive Director

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Men as Partners in Reproductive Health – from the ICPD Progamme of Action, paragraph 4.24

Men play a key role in bringing about gender equality since, in most societies, men exercise preponderant power in nearly every sphere of life, ranging from personal decisions regarding the size of families to the policy and programme decisions taken at all levels of Government.

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