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
Bangladesh
Colombia
Ghana
Kenya
Mauritania
Mexico
Morocco
Romania
Sierra Leone
Turkey



Sierra Leone
Rape, abduction and sexual slavery are part of the brutal legacy of Sierra Leones decade-long civil war, which left over half the countrys population displaced and destitute. As a matter of survival, both during and after the war, women (aswellasmen)havebeenforcedintocommercial sex,whichleavesthemvulnerabletoHIVinfection and other, potentially fatal, problems. In response, a faith-based organization supported by UNFPA is helping girls and young women affected by the war to regain their health and dignity, and is giving them the tools to generate alternative livelihoods. One key to success is responding to their needs in a holistic way. Another is involving partnersas well as the host communityin sensitization and training activities, and providing free education to their children.

 



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