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The demographic structure of population, particularly age and sex, has profound consequences for harmonious and sustainable social and economic development. Furthermore, analyzing sex ratios of population is important in analyzing the status of women and girls.

 

 

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This booklet is intended primarily for develop- ment practitioners. It provides practical points to consider when designing and implementing projects addressing violence against women.

 

 

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Creating a truly equitable society is a long-term process. Nevertheless,through the collection and analysis of disaggregated data,UNFPA can identify groups that are consistently marginalized orexcluded and target its interventions accordingly. By using evidencebasedresearch and partnering with strategically placed individualsand groups, UNFPA can strengthen its advocacy efforts andencourage national authorities and civil society to engage in policydialogue – with the ultimate goal of eliminating the most egregiousforms of inequality.

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The International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD, Cairo, 1994) was a watershed event that forged an international consensus on population and development. It the conference, 179 governments, including China, endorsed a 20-year Programme of Action which focused on individuals’ needs and rights rather than on achieving demographic targets.Concrete goals include providing universal education; reducing infant,child and maternal mortality;and ensuring universal access by 2015 to reproductive health care,including family planning, assisted childbirth, and preventionof sexually transmitted infections and HIV.

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This booklet was based on research carried out by UNFPA on integrating cultural perspectives into its programming. 

 

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The 1994 International Conference on Population and Development occurs at a defining moment in the history of international cooperation. With the growing recognition of global population, development and environmental interdependence, the opportunity to adopt suitable macro- and socio- economic policies to promote countries and to mobilize human and financial resource for global problem-solving has never been greater.

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