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27 October 2016

Press Release - State of the World Population (SWOP) Report Launch 2016

Investing in 10-year-old girls is the key to sustainable development, Launch of UNFPA’s State of the World Population Report 2016
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The annual flagship State of the World Population (SWOP) Report of the United Nations Population Fund for 2016 focuses on investing in the 10-year-old girl. The SWOP Report is launched every year to raise awareness on important population and development issues. Ten is a pivotal age for girls everywhere, as puberty approaches. In some parts of the world, a girl at this age enjoys limitless possibilities and begins making choices that will influence her education and, later, her work life. But in other parts, a girl who goes through puberty is suddenly seen as a commodity that may be bought, sold or traded. “Impeding a girl’s safe, healthy path through adolescence to a productive and autonomous adulthood is a violation of her rights,” UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin says.

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