Thoughts on The State of World Population: 2000 vs 2011

February 7, 2011 § Leave a comment

Has the state of the world population changed? Have women’s rights been recognized anymore throughout the past decade? Has the mass media had any effect on improving  gender inequality?  After viewing the UNFPA funded documentary, The State of World Population 2000: Lives Together, Worlds Apart, these questions couldn’t help but circulate through my mind.  This documentary addresses gender inequality in the early 2000’s and how it impacts the individual as well as the development of countries and the evolution of societies.  It takes you on a journey through time as women’s issues and gender inequality remained largely unrecognized. The film examines and addresses the facts of gender inequalities and demonstrates that these inequalities,“have direct and often malign consequences for women’s health and education, as well as for their social and economic participation”1.

Although much attention has been paid to these inequities by women, perhaps most famously by the second wave of the feminist movement in the 1960s and 1970s,  these limitations and restrictions have remained virtually invisible particularly in the mass media.  This documentary film also makes a clear distinction in the difference between “gender issues” and “women’s issues” in the sense that “understanding gender means understanding opportunities, constraints and the impact of change as they affect both women and men”1.

Yet, despite all of these realizations, gender inequality remains pervasive in all societies of the world.  This is a public concern that has micro affects down to each individual. We must ask ourselves in this new decade what we are doing to further advance the realizations of the previous one not only in our own worlds, but in the worlds of others as well. How then is the world population of today different from that in 2000, or maybe even earlier decades, really?

This film can be found in the WRC library and we hope you’ll come by the WRC and check out this film and others.

1.       Sadik, Dr. Nafis. “UNFPA The state of World Population 2000: Lives together, Worlds Apart”. United Nations Population Fund, Information and External Relations Division.

 

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