Family Planning

Give all adolescent girls sex education and information about contraception

Media release for International Day of the Girl Child (October 11)

Adolescent girls everywhere should have age appropriate sex education and ready access to contraception should they need it.

October 11 is the International Day of the Girl Child and the 2014 theme is "Empowering adolescent girls: Ending the cycle of violence".

According to Sustainable Population Australia (SPA), an unwanted pregnancy is a form of violence against an adolescent girl.

October 10 2014

Sexual and reproductive health and rights must be prioritized in South Asia

Parliamentarians from South Asia committed yesterday to prioritize people’s health and welfare through meeting their sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) needs, particularly those of women and young people.
Meeting in Bangkok, MPs discussed ways to reduce the unacceptably high maternal mortality rate in South Asian countries and how to tackle problems relating to Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Nepal having the highest birth rates among adolescents.

August 22 2013

Bindi Irwin has world on her mind

"WILDLIFE Warrior Bindi Irwin is all grown up and ready to rumble.
The late Croc Hunter's blossoming daughter turns 15 this week and is ready to swap singing and dancing for serious debate. And one of the issues closest to her heart is family planning and birth control to curb overpopulation of the planet."
Writes Kathleen Donaghey of the Sunday Mail (Qld).

July 22 2013

End child marriage now!

On October 11, the United Nations Day of the Girl, Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) joins the international community in calling for an end to child marriage.

National President of SPA, Sandra Kanck, says child marriage violates a girl's right to self-determination, robs them of their childhood, and often condemns them to a life of poor health.

Ten million girls every year, 25,000 girls a day, become child brides. They are significantly more likely to die in childbirth, be physically abused and be infected with HIV.

October 10 2012

Media Release: Doubling Family Planning Aid a Crucial Initiative

Foreign Minister Bob Carr's decision to double Australia's family planning funding to $50 million a year is a crucial and much welcome initiative, according to Sustainable Population Australia (SPA).

Minister Carr made the announcement as a London Summit on Family Planning organised by the Gates Foundation and the UK Government sought funding of $2 billion to allow 120 million women access to family planning services. Around 222 million women around the world want modern contraception but cannot access it.

July 13 2012

Kris Spike in the Newcastle Herald

SPA NSW President, Kris Spike, has had an article published in the Newcastle Herald on the 29th of October entitled Control births, feed and teach the living.

November 3 2011

Unauthorized births run counter to aims of World Population Day

BEIJING, July 8 (Xinhuanet) -- The world's population reached 5 billion on July 11, 1987, and the United Nations set that date as World Population Day. The theme of this year's 21st World Population Day is "Everyone counts", and the activities in China will focus on the 2010 population census and emphasize the right to life. It also aims to stress the importance of efficient population control by means of collecting and analyzing the latest data so as to make an impact on decision-making and improve people's lives.

September 16 2011

Govt against curbing population with law: Azad

New Delhi: India, the world's second most populous country, is against controlling population growth through legislation, Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said on Wednesday.

September 16 2011

Thou shalt not breed: Anglicans

THE Anglican Church wants Australians to have fewer children and has urged the federal government to scrap the baby bonus and cut immigration. Wading into the population debate, the General Synod of the Anglican Church has warned that current rates of population growth are unsustainable and potentially out of step with church doctrine - including the eighth commandment, ''Thou shall not steal''.

September 16 2011

Child Marriage in the Middle East and North Africa - May 200

Early marriage compromises girls' development and often results in early pregnancy and social isolation. Child marriage also reinforces the vicious cycle of early marriage, low education, high fertility, and poverty. Most countries in the Middle East and North Africa region have laws on the minimum legal age for marriage, but some families take advantage of religious laws that condone an earlier age and arrange religious ceremonies, postponing the official registration until the bride reaches the legal age.

September 16 2011

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