13 October 2014 - Dispatch
SITIO GAWASAN, Philippines – The road from Sitio Gawasan to the nearest village health centre is a long one. Accessible only by foot or a bumpy motorcycle ride through unpaved muddy roads, the journey can take up to four hours, a risk few expectant mothers can afford to take. But the opening of a new birthing facility in Gawasan has changed the lives of the local indigenous Arumanen community.
10 October 2014 - Dispatch
HANOI, Viet Nam – "When I was inside your womb, I felt your care and love given to me each day. When you discovered I was not the son you and Dad had dreamed of, you suffered shame and ridicule." These are lyrics from 'Story of a Girl Child', a song by Miss Vu Thao My, winner of the popular TV singing competition The Voice Viet Nam 2013.
The song is helping to draw attention to the painful issue of son preference and resulting concerns about the imbalance of sex ratio at birth.
10 October 2014 - Statement
Today on the International Day of the Girl Child, I join every person around the world who believes that adolescent girls should live free of violence and discrimination. We are guided by the international human rights to which every human being is rightfully entitled. Every girl, no matter where she is born, should have a chance to reach her potential.
03 October 2014 - Dispatch
BANNU DISTRICT, Pakistan – When Farhat Begum heard that the ongoing military operations in North Waziristan had displaced more than one million people, she knew that it was time to come home. Today, she works as a midwife in a maternal and neonatal health clinic supported by UNFPA and its partners in Bannu, where most of the displaced have sought shelter.
01 October 2014 - Statement
On this 24th International Day of Older Persons, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, joins the worldwide celebration of longevity and acknowledges the contributions that older persons make to their families, communities and societies. We celebrate the fact that more people are living longer and healthier lives.
23 September 2014 - Dispatch
UNITED NATIONS, New York – “We cannot talk about sustainable development without addressing women’s empowerment, gender inequality, and discrimination and violence,” said UNFPA’s Executive Director, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin. “We cannot talk about sustainable development without ensuring the sexual and reproductive health and rights of all.”
22 September 2014 - Dispatch
FIJI, South Pacific – When Bobby Shing’s grandmother died in 2001, it was a turning point. The musician from Aneityum, one of the most remote islands of Vanuatu, was just a child at the time, but he had already fallen into substance abuse. The loss of his grandmother made him realize he wanted to do more with his life. Now 23 years old, he runs a UNFPA-supported music programme that reaches out to vulnerable young people.
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, a 21-year-old mother who has been living in the Mae La refugee camp along Thailand’s border with Myanmar for the last two years.