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PARAGUAY: Some Progress in SRH But Still More to Do
TAJIKISTAN: UNFPA Holds Annual Review
RUSSIAN FEDERATION: Human Development in Bashkortostan Explored
KOSOVO: Population Forecast 2011-2061 Report Introduced
BELARUS: Family and Marriage Patterns Reveal Changes
22 July 2014 - Dispatch
Girl Summit aims to end child marriage and FGM/C
UNITED NATIONS, New York – Despite the advances made in promoting human rights, girls remain among the most vulnerable people in the world. In developing countries, one in three girls are married before reaching age 18, despite the fact that this practice has been widely outlawed. Approximately one in nine girls are married before reaching age 15. Additionally, some 125 million girls and women have been subjected to female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C), most of them before age 15.
21 July 2014 - Press Release
Breaking Open Public Places: UNFPA Launches Coolibah
MELBOURNE, Australia – At the International AIDS Conference 2014 today, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, launched a youth networking zone called the coolibah, where, throughout the week, it will host a range of activities for and with young people, including a series of luncheons with leaders in the field of HIV and AIDS.
21 July 2014 - Dispatch
In Niger, empowering girls to take a stand against child marriage
UNITED NATIONS, New York – When Zeinabou, from in the Zinder Region of Niger, was 15, her parents forced her to drop out of school and marry an older man. The brief marriage would be marked by repeated and escalating violence.
21 July 2014 - Dispatch
UNFPA engages young people in the fight against HIV
MELBOURNE, Australia – Every hour, about 80 young people are newly infected with HIV, according to the recently released Gap Report by UNAIDS. The participation and leadership of young people will therefore be critical in bringing the global HIV epidemic to an end. Today, at the 20th International AIDS Conference, UNFPA launched a youth networking zone called the ‘coolibah’, where young people will be able to speak with leaders in the field of HIV and AIDS.
18 July 2014 - Dispatch
Violence survivors seek support amid Syrian conflict
DAMASCUS, Syria – “All I know is that I need help,” said Amal, a 46-year-old mother of five as she was admitted to the Al-Halbouni clinic in Damascus, Syria, for a medical consultation after she was severely beaten by her husband. “I do not know if I have any rights or even access to support of any kind… I have suffered enough. I feel lost, vulnerable and hopeless.”
16 July 2014 - Dispatch
How to address low fertility fears? Invest in young people
PRAGUE, Czech Republic – When Maryana Borisova was a teenager in Bulgaria, she seemed destined to follow the same life path as other girls in her traditional Roma community: She would get married and have her first child long before turning 18, then drop out of school and, with few job prospects, she would take care of the household and family. Instead, she became the first-ever university graduate in her extended family. She then went on to become a lawyer and a human rights advocate.
15 July 2014 - Dispatch
Fistula survivors treated through M-Pesa mobile banking scheme in Tanzania
NEW YORK, United States – Mama Hadija, now in her 60s, had grown accustomed to living in shame. Over 25 years ago, she suffered a prolonged, obstructed labour. The ordeal caused her to develop an obstetric fistula, a form of internal damage that results in incontinence, stigma and isolation.
14 July 2014 - Dispatch
In southern Malawi, reaping the benefits of investing in adolescent girls
LILONGWE, Malawi – “I started having an affair with a grown man when I turned 11. I was in the final year of my primary education,” recalls Mercy Jackson, a young girl from the Chikhwawa district in southern Malawi. After she became pregnant, Mercy dropped out of school and took up menial jobs on neighbouring farms to make ends meet. Today, with the support of the UN Joint Programme on Adolescent Girls, Mercy, 14, is back in school.
11 July 2014 - Dispatch
On World Population Day, UNFPA calls for investment in youth
UNITED NATIONS, New York – On 11 July, as communities everywhere observe World Population Day, UNFPA calls for investments in support of the largest-ever generation of youth. Young people – those aged 10 to 24 – comprise roughly one quarter of the world’s population, and their aspirations and achievements will shape the future.
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Interview with Kate Gilmore, UN Assistant Secretary-General and UNFPA Deputy Executive Director (Programme)