News on Human rights

17 March 2017
News
Shaimaa Ahmed Ali teaches members of her community about the harms of female genital mutilation (FGM). © UNFPA Egypt/Sima Diab
UNITED NATIONS, New York/ASSIUT, Egypt – “I will soon be the happy mother of a baby girl,” Shaimaa Ahmed Ali told UNFPA in Egypt last summer. “I will definitely not have her circumcised. My husband and I agree on that.... Read more
15 March 2017
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Son preference has led to skewed gender ratios in many Asian and Eastern European countries. The Dedalamazishvili family, in Georgia, participates in a documentary photography project raising awareness of the value of girls. © Dina Oganova for UNFPA Georgia
UNITED NATIONS, New York – “I’ve been a priest for 25 years. During this time, I’ve met a lot of families ready to terminate their pregnancy just because of expecting a girl,” said Giorgi Ugrekhelidze, a religious... Read more
8 March 2017
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Sexual harassment is rampant on Sri Lanka's public transport system, with far-reaching effects on their jobs, educations and lives.  © UNFPA Sri Lanka
UNITED NATIONS, New York/COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – Ninety per cent of women in Sri Lanka have endured sexual harassment while taking public transport, a new study commissioned by UNFPA has found. The findings, released last... Read more
6 March 2017
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For International Women's Day, UNFPA is celebrating four activists who are blazing a trail for women. Images from left to right courtesy of Tanzila Khan, Deli Barroso, the NGO Atina and Arthur Nazaryan/Delphin Films.
UNITED NATIONS, New York – Today, despite decades of activism and promises, women remain disadvantaged in almost every realm – from the workplace and home to the highest levels of business and government. Policies and... Read more
10 February 2017
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Photographer Vincent Tremeau traveled to communities in Nepal and Iraq where girls face a heightened risk of child marriage. He asked what they want to be when they grow up. Punita, 14, wants to be a teacher. © Vincent Tremeau
UNITED NATIONS, New York/KAPILVASTU, Nepal/ERBIL, Iraq – “I’ve been married for five years – since I was 12 – but I haven’t gone to live with my husband yet,” said Rupali Kurmi, from Kapilvastu district, in Nepal. “That... Read more
6 February 2017
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Aja Babung Sidibeh used to gather girls for the FGM ritual. She comes from a family considered custodians of the tradition. © UNFPA/Kasandi Mulaa
JAJANBUREH, The Gambia – For years, Aja Babung Sidibeh would gathered girls together in the Central River Region of the Gambia and prepared them to take part in an initiation rite. The girls would come stay with her... 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
29 September 2016
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This woman's second childbirth experience was totally different from her first, she says, because she was able to deliver in the traditional vertical position. © Panorama/Carlos Gomez
AYACUCHO, Peru – In Vilcashuamán, a Peruvian town perched thousands of metres high in the Andes, there is a surprise waiting at the health centre: A notice for expectant mothers declares, “You decide your birthing... 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
19 September 2016
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A ground-breaking declaration on the rights of migrants and refugees was adopted today at the United Nations General Assembly. © UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe
UNITED NATIONS, New York – Global leaders broke new ground today with a historic agreement that “rallies all partners around collective commitments to protect the human rights of all refugees and migrants,” said United... Read more

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