UNFPA: World Population Day

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Plan to Observe World Population Day

On 11 July 2009, people around the world will be observing the 20th World Population Day in different ways. This year's theme is chance to build awareness of the importance of educating girls to a wide range of development issues, including poverty, human rights and gender equality.

There are many ways to promote this theme:

  • Consider inviting local celebrities to help spread the message.
  • Organize events to generate widespread attention about the importance of girls' education.
  • Spark discussion with seminars, conferences and debates. Host essay and poster contests.
  • Work with community groups to create plays and soap operas.

Encourage women and girls to speak or write about the impact of education in their own life. The messages can come to life when different people from different circumstances share their own experiences and knowledge. A full list of suggested activities is available to inspire your own planning.


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Ready-to-print posters

If you do not need to change the text, send the PDF files in the appropriate language to a local printer. If you need 500 or fewer posters, instruct the printer to make digital prints on a Canon Fiery or similar color printer (ask the printer to use recycled paper and a minimum weight of 100 lb. text). If you'd like to have posters larger than A3, let your printer know that the image is a vector graphic and can be scaled up to any size required.

Customize posters to your language

If you need to change the text to another language, make sure that the font, font size, color and placement are exactly the same as in the posters provided. After adding the text to your chosen image, save the inDesign files as print-quality (highest) PDF files. The files below include both posters.

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Create print ads in newspapers/magazines

The poster designs will work best as full-page ads. If a publication can only print black and white, tell them it is OK to convert the designs to grayscale. If the ad is smaller than full-page, make sure that the secondary (smaller) text is still legible.

Online banners

To link to the World Population Day page on this website, choose the banner ad from those below, and link to http://www.unfpa.org/wpd/2009.

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Fight Poverty: Educate Girls


FIGHT POVERTY: Educate Girls

Investing in Women is a Smart Choice

No one knows yet what the full scale of this global economic crisis will look like. We do know that women and children in developing countries will bear the brunt of the impact. What started as a financial crisis in rich countries is now deepening into a global economic crisis that is hitting developing countries hard. It is already affecting progress toward reducing poverty.

Policy responses that build on women's roles as economic agents can do a lot to mitigate the effects of the crisis on development, especially because women, more than men, invest their earnings in the health and education of their children. Investments in public health, education, child care and other social services help mitigate the impact of the crisis on the entire family and raise productivity for a healthier economy.

Protect the gains achieved

Investments in education and health for women and girls have been linked to increases in productivity, agricultural yields, and national income — all of which contribute to the achievement of the MDGs. Investments by governments worldwide have raised school enrolment rates, narrowed the gender gap in education, brought life-saving drugs to people living with AIDS, expanded HIV prevention, delivered bed nets to prevent malaria, and improved child health through immunization.