report, on the surface, appears to focus on issues which enjoy support
from advocates for human dignity and the right to life including equal
access to primary and secondary education, girls' access to nutritious
food and health care, protection from child marriage, violence, sexual
abuse and child labor, and opportunity for employment. The latter is
especially true of countries with high numbers of 10-year-olds,
including India, China and Nigeria, where rapidly growing economies are
presenting youth with improved opportunities.
radical agenda driven aspects of the report emerge in the SWOP list of
"10 essential actions for the 10-year-old girl" with the action to "Use
the 2030 Agenda data revolution to better track progress for girls,
including on sexual and reproductive health." The agreed upon indicators
for tracking progress on the SDG target to "Ensure universal access to
sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights" refers only to
older adolescent girls and women, 15-49 years of age. Attempts by select
countries, UN entities, and pro-abortion NGOs to include younger
adolescent girls beginning at age 10 in the indicators on access to
sexual and reproductive health have so far not been successful.
the State of World Population 2016 report and its promotion of the
controversial idea of access to sexual and reproductive health and
rights for 10-year-old girls an attempt to circumvent the UN SDG
indicator process? Country UNFPA offices all over the world are
celebrating today's release of the SWOP report and conducting their own
launches of the report.
UNFPA in the report calls for unity surrounding 10-year-old girls: "Women, youth and reproductive health advocates have all been leaders in changing norms, but mainly in their separate arenas. The well being of the 10-year-old girl is in the interest of all and consistent with their principles. She could be a point where they join forces, unlocking rapid progress so that she is no longer left out and left behind."
recommends "Key Investments to empower girls, give them choices" that
includes "through comprehensive sexuality education" and "through access
to sexual and reproductive health information, services and supplies,
including contraceptives." Abortion is considered to be a "reproductive
The report also states, "Comprehensive
sexuality education, coupled with access to a range of contraceptive
options and other sexual and reproductive health-care services, on the
other hand, allows adolescents to start making choices suitable for
them, while reducing rates of pregnancy and HIV transmission."
of the ways that UNFPA secures the support of parents is through
"conditional cash transfer programs" where parents are given a financial
incentive to ensure that their daughter remains in school and to
purchase school supplies and food. They also agree to allow their
daughter "to attend a community programme for girls, where she starts
to learn about reproductive health-including puberty, pregnancy,
contraceptive use and sexually transmitted infections-decision-making
and life skills."
believes that 10-year-old girls "will shape the future of her community
and our shared world" and is working to influence these impressionable