Understanding Culture
Protecting Human Rights
Thoraya
A. Obaid

UNFPA Executive Director
Gender Equity Human Rights

Bangladesh
Colombia
Ghana
Kenya
Mauritania
Mexico
Morocco
Romania
Sierra Leone
Turkey

Laying the groundwork
Starting off right
Bulding in sustainability
Caring for the individual
Gaining support through advocacy
The Projects



COLOMBIA
Tackling domestic violence from many angles


Magdalena Medio, the most heavily militarized area of Colombia, is known as a region of death. But for many it has become a region of hope, due to a Development and Peace Programme run by Jesuit priests. An offshoot of the programme, supported by UNFPA, is improving reproductive health and addressing violence against women using a rights-based approach. Through an intensive process of community dialogue that explores the connection between the rights related to ones own body and other civil and political rights, the project is fostering personal and cultural transformation in a region where fear, conflict and machismo prevail.

 



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