Latest data from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) indicates that 24% of women in relationships can’t say no to sex.
This information is contained in the 2023 State of the World Population Report when commemorating World Population Day.
It also disclosed that 11 per cent of females could not make “decisions specifically about contraception.”
“This year, the World Population Day will be used to highlight the need to advance gender equality to help realise the dreams of all the 8 billion people on our planet.
“This year, the United Nations system in Ghana, UNFPA Ghana Country Office, together with the National Population Council, the Regional Institute for Population Studies (RIPS), University of Ghana and the Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana (PPAG), will be commemorating the World Population Day under the theme: “Unleashing the power of gender equality to spur national development.”
Highlighting the importance of the report, UNFPA noted that the it guides policy-making, advocacy, programming, research, monitoring and evaluation of our world’s development agenda.
“The report explores the possibilities the 8 billion people offer the world and examines the challenges that must be overcome to achieve this demographic dividend, including the need for holistic sexual and reproductive health services, investments in education, job training, and gender equality. It stresses that investments in these areas are critical for sustainable development, human rights, and social justice.
“The growth of the global population has also been in sync with the increase in Ghana’s population growth from about 24 million people in 2010 to about 32 million people following the first digital population census by the Ghana Statistical Service which UNFPA supported in 2021.
“Young people and adolescents account for more than 56% of Ghana’s population and the population of women and girls are far more than 50% of the total population. As a situation, it calls for the Government to invest in their health and education, while providing them opportunities for decent work so that they can contribute to economic growth and overall social development,” parts of the statement released read.