News on Gender equality

10 August 2015
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Fatima Abdi Ali (right) with other young people. Ms. Abdi Ali, 21, serves on the country's Youth Advisory Panel, promoting the role of young people in establishing a sustainable peace in Somalia. © Y-Peer Somalia
MOGADISHU, Somalia – Fatima Abdi Ali, 21, belongs to a very small minority of game-changers: young women activists pushing for progress in Somalia. Somalia’s youth face an uphill struggle. More than 75 per cent of the... Read more
4 August 2015
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Girls in Mokolo, Cameroon, perform a traditional dance. Women and girls in the country's Far North region face a host of barriers to critical health information and care. © UNFPA Cameroon
MOKOLO, Cameroon – Conditions are often harrowing for women and girls in Cameroon’s Far North Region. Violence, child marriage and maternal death are all too familiar experiences in this part of the country. But these... Read more
16 July 2015
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Displaced families share an Iftar meal at the women's centre in Saad Camp. © UNFPA/Eman Al Qoloub WCC /Rusul Abdul Kareem
DIYALA, Iraq – More than three million people have been displaced by the violence engulfing Iraq. Amid the persistent insecurity, and the loss of lives, homes and jobs, Iraqi families are observing the holy month of... Read more
26 June 2015
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Children play football at a low-cost informal school in Nairobi. Research by APHRC has helped the Government of Kenya develop policies on school access. © African Population and Health Research Centre
UNITED NATIONS, New York – The United Nations honoured Thoraya Ahmed Obaid and the African Population and Health Research Centre (APHRC), recipients of the 2015 United Nations Population Award, at a ceremony held today... Read more
17 June 2015
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Huda (right) sits at a UNFPA-supported safe space in Alexandria, Egypt. She fled the violence in Syria three years ago and struggled to support herself. Now, she is working on behalf of other women refugees. Photo courtesy of Huda.
CAIRO, Egypt – “Shake me from my sleep, whisper in my ear, tell me it was just a bad dream,” said Huda,* 22, explaining how it felt to become a refugee three years ago. Back home in Damascus, Syria, Huda had been a... Read more
29 April 2015
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Asma with her friends at the women’s safe space. “I am happy in the sewing session,” she said. “My teacher is from the same place I came from. We speak the same language and share the same memories.” © UNFPA/Shayda Hesammi
ERBIL, Iraq – When 39-year-old Asma crossed the border from Syria into Iraq, all she could think about was the son she was leaving behind. “It was the worst day of my life – worse than all the shooting and attacks in... Read more
3 March 2015
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Bounthone Kongphongma, volontaire communautaire de la santé, fournit des informations et services de planification familiale à Laipong et Tongdam Kongwan dans le village enclavé de Lao Luang. © UNFPA/Micka Perier
Vientiane, République démocratique populaire lao – « Si seulement ma femme et moi avions été informés plus tôt de la planification familiale et avions pu avoir accès aux services, nous aurions eu quatre enfants – pas 14... Read more
9 March 2015
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Young women in Guatemala. UNFPA supports programmes empowering adolescent girls to realize their rights. © UNFPA Guatemala
UNITED NATIONS, New York/GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala – “We know that when we invest in young people, especially adolescent girls, we are making one of the smartest investments countries can make,” UNFPA Executive Director... Read more
6 March 2015
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UNFPA marches for gender equality. Around the world, activists attend marches marking International Women's Day. © UNFPA/Lin Gao
UNITED NATIONS, New York – “I already heard in the past that women and men are equal,” said Firuza Sirojeva, a schoolgirl in Tajikistan, after attending a workshop on women’s rights. “But here, at the training, I... Read more
11 March 2015
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A girl peeks from her one-room shelter in an informal settlment for Syrian refugees in   Al-Marj, Lebanon. Desperation has pushed some Syrian refugee families to see child   marriage as a way to relieve economic pressures. © UNFPA/ David Brunetti
CHOUEIFAT, Lebanon – When Hiam, a 13-year-old Syrian refugee living in Lebanon, learned her parents wanted her to marry a complete stranger, she felt helpless. But she saw a way out after hearing of a UNFPA-supported... Read more

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