World Population Day: Remembering women and girls displaced by conflict

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Protecting the health of women and girls who have escaped conflict and humanitarian disasters is the focus of this year's commemoration of World Population Day, observed annually on 11 July.

A record 60 million people worldwide are displaced, the largest number since the end of the Second World War in 1945, according to United Nations figures.

Displacement can expose women and girls to risks and threats ranging from abuse, sexual exploitation and disease.

Dianne Penn reports.

Women and girls who have been forced to flee their homes due to conflict or disaster are particularly vulnerable. 

That's according to the UN Secretary-General who has made them the focus of his message for World Population Day. 

Ban Ki-moon said violent extremists and armed groups have subjected displaced women and girls to terrible abuses. 

This has resulted in unintended pregnancy and infection with HIV and other diseases.

 Mr Ban issued a call for staunch protection of women's health and make their needs a priority in emergency relief operations. 

At the same time, he urged continued advancement of women's human rights—both in times of turmoil and calm. 

Dianne Penn, United Nations. 

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