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70,000 teenage girls are married everyday - NPC boss

Posted by By ISAAC ANUMIHE, Abuja on 2005/07/14 | Views: 268 |

70,000 teenage girls are married everyday - NPC boss


Chairman of National Population Commission (NPC), Chief Samu’ila Danko Makama, Monday said that over 70,000 teenage girls are married everyday and nearly 40,000 give birth on daily basis. Similarly, 65 million of the estimated 121 million children currently out of school are girls and 600 million women are illiterate.

Chairman of National Population Commission (NPC), Chief Samu’ila Danko Makama, Monday said that over 70,000 teenage girls are married everyday and nearly 40,000 give birth on daily basis. Similarly, 65 million of the estimated 121 million children currently out of school are girls and 600 million women are illiterate.

Giving the data in commemoration of the 2005 World Population Day celebration, the NPC Chairman further said that one in every three women has been beaten, coerced into sex or abused in some other way, most often by someone she knows including her husband or another male family member.
Also, one woman in four has been abused during pregnancy and in sub-saharan Africa, young women aged 15 to 24 are more than three times as likely to be infected with HIV as young men.

Specifically, gender inequality can be observed in almost every facet of lives be it health, education, employment, family and politics lamenting that maternal mortality rate has risen in Nigeria while in some states, the rates are as high as 1,500 per 100,000 live births. Makama also lamented the rate at which women risk HIV/AIDS than their male counterparts.

According to him, in view of inequality of women with men, efforts are being made to promote gender equality and to place women at the centre of development.
‘’In September2000, world leaders agreed upon the millennium declaration which brought out the goals and targets agreed to at the International conference and world summits in the 1990s’’ he said.

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