17 September 2014 - Dispatch
TUNIS/NEW YORK – Tunisia’s adoption of a constitution guaranteeing equal rights and protection from gender-based violence is a huge step forward, says Meherzia Laabidi, the vice-president of the country’s National Constituent Assembly. But with discriminatory laws still on the books, and few enforcement mechanisms in place, much more work remains to be done. UNFPA is working with officials to help review and implement new protections for women and girls.
16 September 2014 - Dispatch
MAE SOT, Thailand – Visiting a sexual and reproductive health clinic may seem ordinary for many women. But this is not the case for Saba, 21, who has been living in the Mae La refugee camp along Thailand’s border with Myanmar for the last two years. Until recently, social norms prevented women in the camp from seeking these essential health services.
15 September 2014 - Dispatch
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania – Happiness, from the Mara Region of Tanzania, was 12 years old when her parents decided she was old enough to be married. They pulled her from school, planned to have her undergo female genital mutilation (FGM) and prepared to marry her off to a man of their choosing. A new initiative aims to protect girls like Happiness from the pressure to marry while still children.
15 September 2014 - Media Advisory
UNITED NATIONS, New York—The health and rights of women and young people, particularly girls, will be the focus of various events that will be held during the 69th regular session of the United Nations General Assembly, which starts here tomorrow.
11 September 2014 - Dispatch
DUHOK, Iraq – As hostilities neared her village in northern Iraq, 30-year-old Khawla had little choice but to flee – while she was eight months pregnant. She and her seven children spent days on the run before Khawla gave birth in a UNFPA-assisted hospital.
10 September 2014 - Dispatch
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone – Fatmata Kamara, from Sierra Leone’s Kambia District, could not hide her surprise when she learned she would not have to bring candles or a torch to the clinic when she was ready to deliver her baby. An innovative UNFPA-supported project is providing electricity in maternal health clinics that were previously left in the dark.
05 September 2014 - Statement
We also know that in order to make progress, in order to advance a universal sustainable development agenda beyond 2015, we must work towards a common understanding of the universality of human rights. Development can only succeed when human rights are respected.
03 September 2014 - Dispatch
CHIANG MAI, Thailand – The catastrophe predicted to result from the rapid ageing of Asian populations is far from inevitable, said experts at a regional conference being held this week in Thailand. Making changes to economic and health policies as well as mindsets can help countries head off disaster by minimizing the burdens and maximizing the contributions of older persons, noted attendees at the conference, which was organized by the HelpAge International with support from UNFPA and the European Union.