The government says more work still needs to be done to improve the lives of women and young people through improved access to sexual reproductive health.

Issues such as gender based violence, harmful cultural practices, maternal deaths and unmet needs for contraception are major challenges being faced by woman and children to achieve sustainable development goals.

Addressing delegates during the launch of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) State of the World Population Report 2019 recently in Harare, Principal Director Fiscal Policy in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, Mr Pfungwa Kunaka said the government of Zimbabwe recognises the need to integrate challenges being faced by women.

“There are a number of issues that still need to be addressed in pursuit of rights and choices for all in terms of population growth, contraceptives use, sexual and reproductive health as well as rights for women and children,” said Mr Kunaka.

UNFPA Country Representative, Dr Esther Muia highlighted the need to ensure dignity of women and girls in emergency situations like humanitarian crises and disasters.

“We must work hard to make sure that women are protected from abuse in humanitarian situations and that their dignity is maintained,” said Dr Muia.

According to the report, the world population stands at over 8 billion, a rise from just over 3,6 billion in 1969.