Dutch kids at bridge

SWOP launch in the Netherlands 2016

What does the world look like in 15 years time? That depends on the opportunities we offer 10-year-old girls, today. This is the theme of The State of the World Population 2016 (SWOP) by UNFPA, that was launched worldwide on the 20th of October 2016. If we invest in the future of 10-year-old girls nów, this generation will be able to develop themselves into independent, capable, confident and well-educated young women. They can make a difference in 2030. In The Netherlands Rutgers together with UNFPA handed over the State of the World Population to 10 capable Dutch 10-year-old girls.

Worldwide girls still have to face discimination and restriction. Often they cannot go to school, they are being forced into marriage and having children, and they often do not have access to healthcare services. Their rights are being violated systematically. Every year 17 million girls under 18 are being forced to marry, and 32 million girls of primary-school- age are not in school. 

Invest in 10-year-old girls

The United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its accompanying 17 Sustainable Development Goals are the world’s blueprint for equitable, inclusive development that leaves no one behind. This 15-year plan promises to help transform the futures of millions of 10-year-old girls who have traditionally been left behind/ Investing in millions of 10-year-old girls is investing in a better world. 

State of the World Population: girls can make a difference

The State of the World Population (SWOP) was launched worldwide on the 20th of October 2016. In the Netherlands Rutgers together with UNFPA handed over  - a for children adapted version in Dutch - the report to 10 girls who are 10 years old. These girls are important. They can make a difference in future.

A short video 'Girls make a difference' was shown. In the video those 10 10-year-old girls talk about what they want to achieve, what they think about the future, about marriage, going to school, havind children, boys and girls, and more.

The State of the World Population (SWOP) was launched worldwide on the 20th of October 2016. In the Netherlands Rutgers together with UNFPA handed over  - a for children adapted version in Dutch - the report to 10 girls who are 10 years old. These girls are important. They can make a difference in future.

A short video 'Girls make a difference' was shown. In the video those 10 10-year-old girls talk about what they want to achieve, what they think about the future, about marriage, going to school, havind children, boys and girls, and more.

Pictures in photogallery by Merel May Heilmann