Populační změny a výzvy

Jako vše v našem světě, také populační transformace jsou dnes rychlejší než kdy dřív. Nejzásadnější změny probíhající v populaci ovšem nejsou demografického, nýbrž sociálního rázu a významným způsobem poznamenávají osobní a rodinný život všech obyvatel planety. Ženy poznávají nové svobody – těší se z nových projevů svých základních lidských práv –, jež mají dalekosáhlý dopad jak na muže, tak na sociální struktury, kterým oni tradičně dominovali.

Bezpochyby rychlá byla i demografická změna. V roce 1970 naši planetu obývaly necelé čtyři miliardy lidí; dnes je to více než šest miliard a v roce 2025 to má být již celých osm miliard obyvatel. Téměř celý tento nárůst je soustředěn v zemích, které stále nazýváme „rozvojovými“ – čili ve větší části Asie a bezmála celé Latinské Americe a Africe.

Za těmito až šokujícími čísly se nicméně skrývají i jiné údaje. V posledních třiceti letech se průměrná velikost rodiny v rozvojových zemích zmenšila o polovinu, z šesti dětí na tři. Dnes je na světě mnohem více žen, ale ve srovnání se svými matkami – či dřívějšími generacemi – mají méně dětí. Ženy dnes mohou rozhodovat samy za sebe v měřítku, který nemá obdoby; jejich volbou je menší rodina.

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