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7th billion reason to invest in women empowerment

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This week, Ted Turner, founder of CNN wrote an article on the importance of investing in women. His concern was that the world's population has hit the milestone of 7 billion people -- up from 2.5 billion in 1950 -- with almost all of the growth expected to happen in the cities of less developed countries.


Universal access to voluntary family planning is a cross-cutting and cost-effective solution to achieving all of the Millennium Development Goals. In addition to reducing maternal mortality, providing voluntary family planning methods and education enables young women to avoid early pregnancy, allows more girls to attend school longer, makes it possible for women to have fewer, healthier children and helps break the inter-generational cycle of poverty. Additionally, it would reduce HIV transmission, empower women to pursue income-generating activities in their communities and promote environmental sustainability.


Ted says, the time is now. The investments we make today will shape the world we leave the next generation. If the United States wants to maintain its global leadership role, we must be thinking and making smart investments that will help us address both current and future responsibilities. The best way to do this is to listen to women and fund international family planning. Our future depends on it.


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Host: Dr. Surendra Kaushik

Founder and Chairman

Mrs. Helena Kaushik Women's College

Helena Kaushik Education Foundation




Quality Control: Mr. William A. Verdone

Producer and Director: Mr. Wale Idris Ajibade

Special Advisor Andy Howell