PRESS RELEASE:-Minister for Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development Hon. Dr. Gale Rigobert is currently in Suriname attending a World Population Day (WPD) Round Table Meeting, which focuses on “Investing in Teenage Girls” as a means of attaining a more stable and peaceful world.
Held each year by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the World Population Day observance raises awareness of important population and development issues and fosters dialogue on addressing such issues.
Dr. Rigobert, who is expected to deliver the keynote address at the forum, will articulate the struggles faced by teenage girls in Saint Lucia and around the world, which studies show are facing greater challenges than their male counterparts.
Dr. Rogobert will also speak on how world societies can ensure that through the right policies, the success of this new sustainable development agenda can help teenage girls, realize their full potential, and become a positive force for change in their homes, communities and nations.
According to the UNFPA, girls around the world who reach puberty, in many instances, are deemed by their families and societies as being ready for marriage, pregnancy and childbirth.
The UNFPA states that teenage girls are also forced into marriage and in many instances forced to leave school.
The UNFPA says without education, in poor health and little or no control over her body, a teenage girl’s future can be derailed and her potential may never be realized.
However, it states, that when a teenage girl has the means, power and information, to make her own decisions in life – she is more likely to succeed and contribute to the economic and social progress of her community and nation.
This year’s staging of World Population Day (WPD) Round Table Meeting in Suriname is being done in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).