News on Gender equality

14 November 2016
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Dr. José Luis Palma Vélez aboard the "Health Canoe," a water ambulance that transports pregnant women to the nearest health centre. © UNFPA/Jose Antonio Guayasamin
SUCUMBÍOS, Ecuador – Margarita Mamallacta’s village, in a remote Ecuadorian district on the edge of the Amazon rainforest, was not always a safe place for mothers. Pregnant women in the indigenous communities here, in... Read more
31 October 2016
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Violence against women was widespread even before the current conflict, but experts say abuses are becoming even more commonplace. A women's shelter in a port city in Yemen. © UNFPA Yemen
SANA’A, Yemen – The conflict in Yemen has been catastrophic for its civilian population. Thousands have been killed and over 12 million people are now targeted for humanitarian assistance. Many have been pushed into... Read more
21 October 2016
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Barbara, Jocelly and Maria Eduarda after attending a reproductive health seminar in Goiana, Brazil. © UNFPA Brazil/Tatiana Almeida
GOIANA, Brazil – "I heard at school that Zika is sexually transmitted, and my mother has also mentioned it," Maria Eduarda told her friends, Barbara and Jocielly, all 14, after they had exited a reproductive health... Read more
20 October 2016
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Temawelase is a sixth-grader in rural Swaziland. Whether the world is able to achieve its development goals depends, in large part, on her fate and the fate of girls like her. ©UNFPA/Barcroft Media/Mark Lewis
UNITED NATIONS, New York – The world’s future will be determined by the fate of its 10-year-old girls. Age 10 is the beginning of adolescence, when girls start to see life's possibilities expanding – or contracting. As... Read more
11 October 2016
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Sibongile Majaura's business has saved her education and helps support her family. © UNFPA Zimbabwe/Nikita Little
MAKONDE, Zimbabwe – Three years ago, Sibongile Majaura was on the cusp of dropping out of school, a misfortune all too familiar to girls in Zimbabwe.  But she has defied the odds. With just a little investment and a lot... Read more
10 October 2016
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Jumwa Kabibu Kai, 77, with Kilifi County Governor Amason Kingi, at an event raising awareness about fistula. © UNFPA Kenya/Douglas Waudo
KILIFI, Kenya – Decades ago, Jumwa Kabibu Kai was pregnant with her second child in the small village of Kidutani, Kenya. The area was poor and isolated – her nearest neighbour was 3 kilometres away – and there was no... Read more
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
3 October 2016
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Muna was left to fend for her children alone in the Domiz refugee camp in Iraq. © UNFPA Iraq/Khetam Malkawi
DUHOK, Iraq – When 28-year-old Muna* fled the turmoil in Syria three years ago, she did not imagine she would wind up alone, shouldering sole responsibility for her children’s care, all while under constant threat of... Read more
20 September 2016
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World Bank Vice President Keith Hansen, President Idriss Déby of Chad, President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré of Burkina Faso, UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin and moderator Folly Bah Thibault (left to right) at a high-level dialogue on achieving the demographic dividend. © UNFPA/Koye Adeboye
UNITED NATIONS, New York/BAGRE, Burkina Faso – Presidents, ministers, and United Nations and World Bank officials met yesterday at UN Headquarters in New York to strengthen their commitments for the young people of... 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

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