Celebrating the International Day of the Girl Child
The world today celebrates the International Day of the Girl Child. This recognises the rights of girls and young women and reflects on the need for their empowerment.
In order to achieve this empowerment, it is vital that girls of reproductive age have access to reproductive health services, including a contraceptive choice. According to UN Women, one in every three girls in developing countries is married before reaching age 18, which means that 47,700 girls are married each and every day. Child marriage is often followed by pregnancy. This means more than 20,000 girls under the age of 18 give birth in developing countries each and every day.
Given these statistics, it’s clear that reliable access to contraception has a profound effect on the health, economic and social welfare of young women, their families and the community at large. Through access to contraception, such as condoms, young women have a greater chance of completing their education and going on to pursue careers. By doing so, they can fully participate in society and contribute to the economic growth of the family, community and nation.
Access to contraception promotes the well-being of both women and children by reducing high-risk pregnancies and allowing sufficient time between pregnancies. It ultimately allows couples to freely choose and plan their preferred family size. Furthermore, the use of condoms (and other barrier methods) also provides protection against HIV/AIDS and STDs, which is a further health benefit.
Ulinzi Latex, NRS International‘s newly launched company, will become one of the largest male latex condom manufacturers in the world. However, with this ambition also comes responsibility. So we commit to provide a quality product at an accessible price that safeguards the health and well-being of young women, empowering them to fully participate in society.
Ulinzi Latex is honoured to stand with the international community in celebrating the International Day of the Girl Child, which draws attention to the rights of girls and young women, and the importance of reproductive health services and contraceptive choice for all.