Discussing why population growth is still ignored or denied

Helen Kopnina, Haydn Washington
  • Chinese Journal of Population Resources and Environment, April 2016, Taylor & Francis
  • DOI: 10.1080/10042857.2016.1149296

Why silence on population growth?

What is it about?

Why silence on population growth? Due to a number of factors, the issue of population growth has become removed from the discussion on sustainability. I explore some of the ethical presumptions that underlie the issues linking population growth and sustainability. The greatest effort can be channeled into human- and women’s right related issues. UNICEF and human rights organizations note that in some countries like Bangladesh or Ghana the majority of women marries (or is forced to marry) before the age of 18 and has a number of children before the age of 21. One cannot say that the women necessarily choose to have these children. Also, see in my article: “By some estimates, there are about 215 million women who want access to contraception but are denied it and thus suffer unwanted pregnancies”.

Why is it important?

Due to a number of factors, the issue of population growth has become removed from the discussion on sustainability. We explore some of the ethical presumptions that underlie the issues linking population growth and sustainability. The greatest effort can be channelled into human- and women’s right related issues. UNICEF and human rights organizations note that in some countries like Bangladesh or Ghana the majority of women marries (or is forced to marry) before the age of 18 and has a number of children before the age of 21. One cannot say that the women necessarily choose to have these children. Also, see in my article: “By some estimates, there are about 215 million women who want access to contraception but are denied it and thus suffer unwanted pregnancies”.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10042857.2016.1149296

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