News on Engaging men & boys

6 October 2016
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Faouzia Yaya was forced into marriage three years ago. A new penal code has just been adopted to prevent such marriages. © UNFPA Cameroon
MAROUA/YAOUNDE, Cameroon – “I was forced into marriage by my father at the age of 14,” Faouzia Yaya, now 17, told UNFPA. “My father insisted, even knowing I did not want it. I even ran away to my uncle’s place, but he... Read more
23 August 2016
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A joint UN programme targets 1 million vulnerable girls with messages on empowerment, sexual and reproductive health, leadership and human rights. © UNFPA Mozambique
NAMPULA Mozambique – “Before I entered the safe space, I was shy, and it was difficult for me to express myself. I spent my free time after school with vulnerable girlfriends my age who had left school to marry, and... Read more
18 July 2016
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More than nine in 10 adult women in Egypt have been subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM). In rural Upper Egypt, Hoda Hamed is trying to end the practice. © UNFPA Egypt/Sima Diab
ASSIUT, Egypt – In her daily life, Hoda Hamed, is a quiet 37-year-old kindergarten teacher. But when she is off the clock, she is a force of nature. Ms. Hamed is an outspoken advocate for women and girls, working... Read more
3 June 2016
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ISTANBUL, Turkey – “When we go to schools and shopping centres, we have to go to the bathroom in groups of three, so that gang members cannot abuse us. They can choose us to be their wives, and if we refuse, we could be... Read more
1 April 2016
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TBILISI, Georgia – The camera zooms in, panning across a marble mantle covered with family photos of three young boys and their happy, smiling parents, then stops on what studies have shown is a statistically uncommon... Read more
3 March 2016
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KATHMANDU VALLEY, Nepal – “I was unaware of the fact that young people have the right to decide freely on matters related to their sexuality and that sexual and reproductive rights are basic human rights,” said Barun... Read more
22 December 2014
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LA PAZ, Bolivia – «Ser mejores hombres puede erradicar el maltrato», dijo Marco Antonio Barrero, Alcalde de Camargo, una pequeña localidad andina de Bolivia. La violencia contra las mujeres –una de las violaciones de... Read more
11 October 2015
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Goedele Liekens (right), UNFPA's Goodwill Ambassador in Belgium, in Ethiopia. After spending more than 15 years as a Goodwill Ambassador, Ms. Liekens reflects on the progress made for girls. Image courtesy of Goedele Liekens.
BRUSSELS, Belgium/UNITED NATIONS, New York – For more than 15 years, Goedele Liekens has served as a UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador, advocating for better access to sexual and reproductive health information and care. A... Read more
7 October 2015
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‘Aida struggled to recover from the memories of the Sarin gas attacks in Ghouta, Syria. After her family fled to Lebanon, services at a women’s centre helped her start a small business. © UNFPA/David Brunetti
AMMAN, Jordan – “I’d just gotten off the night shift,” said ‘Aida*, a nurse, describing the morning her neighbourhood in Ghouta, Syria, was attacked with Sarin gas. “My son called out to me. He couldn’t see.” It was 21... Read more
8 September 2015
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Ry Chan says he used to be violent towards his first wife, a fact he greatly regrets. Today, he is helping to inspire change among the men in his rural Cambodian village. © UNFPA Cambodia/Sophanara Pen
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia – Ry Chan, a gentle father in his mid-30s, was once an abuser. He believed that “a woman deserves to be beaten when she commits a mistake,” he regretfully told UNFPA in his home in Cambodia’s... Read more

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