The right to health,
information and services
young people have a right to health, including reproductive health,
and the information and services to make this right a reality. This
is especially urgent in the fight against FHV/AIDS. UNFPA supports national
efforts to ensure that young people can make informed, responsible decisions
and lead healthy, productive lives." -Thoraya Obaid, Executive
July 11 was declared as World Population Day (WPD). The organisation
that holds the reigns in creating awareness about world population around
the world, better known as the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA),
is now carrying on a full-fledged program that not only creates awareness
all over the world but also helps people through better knowledge and
proper educational guidance on improving productive health status, women
empowerment and no doubt the importance of world population, etc.
Each year has it's own theme and as the name and the words of Thoraya
Obaid, Executive Director, UNFPA suggests, this year's theme is: Adolescent
sexual and reproductive health and rights. More than one billion young
people are between the ages of 15 and 24. They need supportive relationships
and respect. In return, the world needs their active participation.
1000,000,000 adolescents are about to enter their reproductive years
in 2003. It is a critical time for all and a fatal one for most. This
is because due to lack of proper, guidance, education and knowledge
adolescents all over the world are not aware of reproductive health,
HIV/AIDS and their own rights regarding these matters. Over 500,000
women die in pregnancy and childbirth- many young girls. Fifty percent
of all new HIV infections are among young people especially girls. The
UNFPA works to ensure safe passage into adulthood for millions of young
people. At the International Parliamentarians' Conference (IPCI/ICPD)
in Ottawa, Canada, elected representatives from 72 countries and territories
pledged to save adolescents' lives by giving them the education, opportunities
and services that are vital for their health. This pledge is a part
of UNFPA's mission: protect and empower the young to safeguard humanity's
future. Based on this year's theme (Adolescent sexual and reproductive
health and rights) WPD will focus on mainly three areas:
Adolescent reproductive health
The UNFPA's aim this year is to teach teenagers and adolescents about
reproductive health and HIV and encourage them to participate. With
limited knowledge about their bodies, adolescents are vulnerable to
sexually transmitted infections, substance abuse, exploitation and violence.
Both girls and boys suffer when denied access to needed information
and services. Early marriage often leads to early childbearing, which
not only limits life opportunities but also carries serious health risks.
HIV/AIIDS can only be stopped by educating, empowering and mobilizing
young people. Every day nearly 6,000 young people become infected with
HIV. Young women and adolescent girls are highly vulnerable. Prevention
works. Trends are reversing where national programs aim to prevent infection
among young people. Most of the world's young people live in developing
areas. Young people can shape the future of their countries. They are
making a difference as peer educators helping others avoid unwanted
pregnancy and STIs, as actors in plays on HIV/AIDS prevention, and as
speakers asking politicians to listen. They need a voice in decisions
that affect their lives. And the UNFPA is working to create that voice
specially through the World Population Day this year to make adolescents
The UNFPA has already seen success. In Mongolia, all secondary schools
are now required to teach a course on sexuality education, designed
by local professionals with UNFPA support. In Sierra Leone, UNFPA is
providing life-saving information and services to females of all ages
who were abducted and raped during the conflict and to other war-effected
youth as well. After the civil war, the country faces new enemy in HIV/AIDS.
Young people's involvement also shaped an important National Adolescent
and Youth Policy for the Dominican Republic. Invited to participate
in the drafting process, carried out with UNFPA support, young people
gained recognition as a national resource and positive force.
Bangladesh is probably not far away from reaching similar success. And
to bring this about, the organisation has arranged a series of activities
and programs that begin on the 9th of July with discussions, round table
discussions with young people (10 July), debates and TV program and
then culminate on 12th July in a rally that starts from Ramna Park and
ends at the National Museum where the State Minister of Youth will speak.
People are free to participate in the rally. So show that you care about
your health, your country, your world- join the march to awareness and
make it a success.
Real success stories inspire action. UNFPA is collecting summaries of
reproductive health activities showing positive results, whether with
governments, NGOs, schools, community groups or individuals. Please
write up your experience and send it to email@example.com or this address:
United Nations Population Fund Information, Executive Board and Resource
Mobilization Division 220 East 42nd Street, New York, NY 10017, USA
Telephone: +1 (212) 297-5020 Facsimile: +1 (212) 557-6416 Web site:
stepped into the "Age of Technology" our lives have been conquered
by the latest inventions. Everywhere -- at home, in schools and colleges,
at workplaces --- we are surrounded by electronic gadgets that rule
our lives. They are so addicting that some of us cannot even think of
living without these. But what happens when these devices go temporarily
out of order?
Take the Internet for instance. Browsing, mailing, chatting through
the Internet has become an essential part of our everyday life. In the
present age, even children are getting addicted to the Internet. The
world of cyberspace is totally different from our real world. It is
a place where we let ourselves loose and communicate with different
people across the globe. (Hmm… pretty cool way of socializing!) Some
people are now forgetting other pass-times and hobbies and are practically
living on the computer -- in their "cyber worlds". One day
without the Internet may sometimes drive people crazy. "Oh dear,
I won't be able to check mail!" or "Oh my goodness! It seems
that I haven't talked to my MSN pals for ages" -- could be the
remarks of these distressed people. Similarly, we have become so much
dependent on the computer that some of us stay glued onto the computer
screen for hours together. The usual activities comprise of watching
movies, listening to music, playing games and such. People even do their
office work, assignments, homework, schools projects etc. on the computer.
Imagine the pain of writing out your school projects by hand, if your
computer was not working.
Another essential but addicting device is the telephone. "Ring,
ring…." -- oh, there is another call. It may be an important call
or a call from a friend just to chat. There are people who sit with
the phone, chatting and gossiping for hours. Then again if your phone
is out of order, you may miss necessary phone calls or miss the long
chats with your friends. The advent of cell phones has furthered the
chatting spree. Now calling people and talking to them is possible from
nearly every nook and corner of the world.
The television, another outstanding invention is surely an effective
media, which keeps us enlightened about the worldly affairs. The news
channels and some of the other channels keep us well informed about
the world, but now a days more and more entertainment channels are being
introduced. Thus TV has become a major form of entertainment for people
of all ages and groups. It is because of the different movies, soap
operas, talk shows and such other programmes, that people have become
hooked onto this electronic media. I think that there are countless
people who sit and watch TV practically all day long, not willing to
miss a single programme.
It is almost becoming impossible to live without these electronic gadgets,
in this age. We are becoming so dependent upon these that even if they
are plugged off for a few minutes, we start feeling restless. They are
dominating our lives. It is okay to use these for entertaining us for
a short period of our leisure time, but actually we have dedicated our
entire free time to these devices. It is very true that nowadays, we
are becoming so busy that we cannot even find enough space in our tight
schedules, to include some 'family time'. But even the minimal amount
of leisure time we do get is spent either in front of the TV watching
a serial or in front of the computer logged onto the Internet. These
electronic media are turning out to be isolating devices, which binds
us around themselves and thus discouraging us from spending our leisure
time in other ways. Lost are the good old days when people used to spend
their leisure time with their families, either by going out somewhere
or just by sitting at home conversing amongst themselves. Now even if
people have some time left for spending with their families, most of
them usually sit in front of the TV watching the various programmes.
You may ask what is wrong with watching a good programme with your family?
Yes, in that way you would be spending time with your family, but how
are you enjoying "family time" when all you are doing is just
sitting in front of the TV, watching the programme and hardly even saying
a word to each other. So family or no family does not make much difference.
Today this how people define "quality family time". (Maybe
naming the television an "idiot box" was the right thing after
The world today has become a totally "wired" place. There
are electronic gadgets and wires everywhere. It is almost like living
in a series circuit, so that if these gadgets are unplugged, our lives
get plugged out too! But the sad truth is that we are seriously becoming
entangled in this vicious mesh of wires, that it is almost equivalent
to being held captives, far away from our families and relatives. The
network of wires we are tangled in have now bound us very tightly. It
is high time now that we disentangle ourselves from this web. I do not
mean to completely stop using these gadgets, but to limit ourselves
from getting too much absorbed into them.
Potter & the Order of the Phoenix
good news is I have read it! The bad news is a lot of you have not!
So here I am to provide you with an appetizer so that when you do
get your copy, the feast will be more enjoyable. No do not worry!
I am not going to spoil it for you. The fifth book in line, Harry
Potter and the Order of the Phoenix starts off from where it left
in the Goblet of Fire. This book is bigger, badder (gosh my pathetic
English!) and fatter with seven sixty-six pages and thirty-eight chapters.
The first thing that happened to me was that I finally fell in love
with Harry Potter especially now that he has turned fifteen and all.
from the book it seems so have others. The second thing that happened
was that I also fell in love with Sirius Black. He's like one of those
James Bond, Hugh Jackman, Wolverine and David Copperfield combinations
that knock you out like a lethal injection!
Third, you simply can't put the book down. J.K. Rowlings has put in
more knots into the plot than any Gordian and French knot combined
(whatever that's supposed to mean!) Fourth, for a while Harry does
knock his head (metaphorically duh!) and does some stupid things and
thinks some stupid thoughts that make me detest him for a teeny winy
while in the course of the book. Fifth, remember that obnoxious teacher
that you always hated in school? Well Rowlings has certainly introduced
a certain Dolores Jane Umbridge to get Harry acquainted with how you
feel. Trust me, next to her, Snape is a grouchy wet teddy bear with
a bad hairdo. That being said, remember what potter said to Dumbledore
in the Goblet of Fire about Volde- oops You-Know-Who coming back?
Well, that is exactly what the story is compounded on.
I won't say that you must read it because duh! Does that need to be
said- of course you have to read it. So get a copy NOW! It's available
at Etcetra and mind you it costs a pretty penny (1600 bucks!) Now
don't be stingy!