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10 challenges created by a population boom

By: Robynne Boyd on July 10, 2015, 4:50 p.m.
A Palestinian girl holds a bag standing in front of her house in the Al-Shati refugee camp in Gaza City

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Those most at risk

World Population Day falls on July 11, and its aim is to headline the challenges and advantages faced by a booming population. These include some big heavies — aging, health, urbanization, mass migration, gender equality and education. This year's theme, "Vulnerable populations in emergencies," focuses on those most defenseless in a time of crisis, namely women, girls and youth. Think back to the earthquake that shook Nepal to its core a few months ago, or to the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis. People of all ages and genders are affected, but it's women and children who suffer the most, like this Palestinian girl in the Al-Shati refugee camp in Gaza City. So this year, the aspiration is protect women's lives in any circumstance at all times. In turn, the next generation will be protected as well. (Text: Robynne Boyd)