The United Nations Population Fund recently released the 2016 State of the World Population report stating that boys outnumber girls substantially.
The report said an estimated 125 million 10-year-olds are alive today in developing countries adding that about 60 million are girls while the other 65 million are boys.
Released on Thursday, the report focuses on the well-being of 10-year-old girls as indicators of development success or failure.
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It said more than half of the global cohort of 10-year-olds live in Asia and the Pacific, where there are 111 boys for every 100 girls.
Almost 9 in 10 of the world’s 10-year-olds live in developing countries where girls face obstacles to equal education, healthcare and safety, said the report.
The UN, therefore, is urging that even thought boys outnumber girls, countries should invest in girls as the majority of the world’s 10-year-olds live in developing countries.
Regional humanitarian coordinator and head of the fund’s Jordan country office, Daniel Baker, highlighting the potential fallout — and gains — to be had by overcoming the world’s clear gender inequality among global youth said:
“Failing to invest in girls is nothing less than planned poverty. Unless we invest in girls, we’re planning to have a poorer future.”
The UNFP’s goodwill ambassador, Princess Basma Bint Talal, said the fate of the world’s young girls rests in international commitment to equality.
“Let us remember that we are all responsible. Let us remember that our every word and deed, positive or negative, can affect the road she travels from this crossroads in her life. This is what will shape her role in society, which is to say our society, and our world.”
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The report also indicated that the world’s population grew 1.1 percent in 2016 to 7.433 billion from 7.349 billion in the previous year with a substantial youth bulge challenging political and social systems across the planet, and about 26 percent of the global population is under age 14.