Leslie Carol Botha: Ok -men – we have done it your way for thousands of years – and now at the mess we are in. And who suffers? Women and children – and subsequently men. Engelman makes a brilliant statement: “If all women could use their right of choice and only have children when they wanted to, the population rate would stabilise.”
Exactly. Time for men to zip it up. Time for women to take back reproductive control of their bodies.
Women’s Inequality Linked to Soaring Population
Inter Press Service
By Zoha Arshad
July 12, 2012
WASHINGTON, Jul 12 2012 (IPS) – The world’s population now stands at about seven billion, and by 2050, this figure will hit a whopping nine billion.
In his new book, “State of the World 2012: Moving Toward Sustainable Prosperity” , Robert Engelman, president of the Worldwatch Institute, outlines nine population strategies that he argues will effectively halt population expansion just short of that figure.
Engelman’s policies call for a massive restructuring of political and social policies, especially towards women. Universal access to contraception, secondary education for all women, eradication of gender bias that limits women’s economic opportunity and growth, as well as higher taxes are some of Engelman’s strategies to nip the baby boom in the bud.
“There is a definite link between growing population, poverty levels, and women’s inequality. If all women could use their right of choice and only have children when they wanted to, the population rate would stabilise. Right now 75 million to 80 million babies are born every year,” said Engelman.
Engelman argues that by cutting off women from education and the public sphere, the world will not only have a burgeoning population on its hands, but one that doesn’t have the resources to feed, clothe and educate the coming generations.
The projected astronomical rise in numbers is unsettling for more than one reason. According to the World Bank, 1.29 billion people live on less than 1.25 dollars a day, one in seven people go hungry every day, and 60 percent of the world’s hungry are women. UNICEF estimates that 22,000 children die each day due to reasons connected to poverty. The statistics are dismal.