The rapidly growing demographic explosion in Egypt will prove detrimental as resources like water and fossil fuels decrease. The current population, estimated at 90 million, will grow to levels that require the highest level of political, societal, economic planning. However, the subsequent few years after the January 25th revolution will be a transitional period full of power struggles instead of sustainable policy changes.
Once the dust settles, I am sure certain initiatives will be taken by whomever is in power, because we have imminent disasters that will force change irregardless of the leader’s motives.
One huge issue will be addressing the growing population in and of itself. This must be the focus and one method that has emerged through a study makes it glaringly obvious: if you educate, fertility will decrease, thus less children and maybe, just maybe, we could reach the 2.1 Total Fertility Rate. Leaving us all with a chance to drink water, grow food, even educate other generations, and end the perpetual cycle of demise.
Check these stats yo:
Adapted from Farzaneh Roudi-Fahimi and Valentine M. Moghadam,
“Empowering Women, Developing Society: Female Education in the
Middle East and North Africa,” MENA Policy Briefs (October 2003).
The International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), held in Cairo in 1994. The largest ever population conference of its kind. Cairo’s Program for Action was the result of this contentious conference and among the 200 objectives was the providing comprehensive reproductive health care which included:
- family planning
- safe pregnancy and delivery services,
- abortion where legal
- prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted infections(including HIV/AIDS)
- information and counselling on sexuality
- elimination of harmful practices against women, such as genital cutting and forced marriage.