News on Human rights

14 September 2016
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Global leaders are set to meet next week at the first-ever Summit on Migrants and Refugees. At stake are the rights, health and well-being of hundreds of millions of migrants and tens of millions of refugees. © UNFPA Jordan/Sima Diab
UNITED NATIONS, New York – As world leaders gather in New York for the United Nations General Assembly, they will set out to address some of the greatest catastrophes in a generation: grinding conflicts that have set... 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
23 August 2016
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Inspired by the Rio 2016 Olympic logo, the #EuAbraço campaign celebrates diversity and raises public awareness against discrimination. © UNIC Rio/Pedro Andrade
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – The Olympics Games is a unique opportunity for countries to promote diversity, camaraderie and unity. These values inspired this year’s Olympics logo: a circle of three people holding hands. The... Read more
12 August 2016
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Fatima Muhammed demonstrates how to make a reusable sanitary napkin in her school's sewing room. Classmate Deborah Chavula looks on. © UNFPA Malawi/Henry Chimbali
SENGA BAY, Malawi – After finishing class for the day, Fatima Muhammed and Deborah Chavula head to their school’s sewing room to make sanitary napkins. It is an unusual after-school activity, but a vital one: They... Read more
3 August 2016
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Dream Team do Passinho launches their hit new song, "More Rights, Less Zika" on World Population Day 2016. The song is a collaboration between the popular music group and UNFPA. © UNFPA Brazil/Tatiana Almeida
BRASÍLIA, Brazil – Funk music stars from Brazil’s favela communities are calling for people to “get together for more rights, less zika” in their newest single. The band, Dream Team do Passinho, partnered with UNFPA to... Read more
1 August 2016
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Alexandrina, Amina and Ionela talk about the barriers girls face in the Republic of Moldova. © UNFPA Republic of Moldova
CHISINAU, Republic of Moldova – “My biggest dream is to be healthy, to have a successful career and to have a family,” said Alexandrina, a 16-year-old girl from Helesteni, Nisporeni. These dreams are shared with... Read more
21 July 2016
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Greicy Alves with her son, Gabriel, who has microcephaly. Ms. Alves was diagnosed with Zika in her first trimester. Marginalized women are disproportionately affected by the outbreak. © UNFPA/Tatiana Almeida
SALVADOR, Brazil – When 30-year-old Greicy Alves was diagnosed with Zika in her first trimester, it did not seem like a big deal. The disease was widely considered to be mild. But by the time her son, Gabriel, was born... 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
11 July 2016
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Investing in teenage girls is critical – not only for girls, but for the world. © UNFPA Niger
UNITED NATIONS, New York – Today is World Population Day, a day that calls attention on urgent population issues. This World Population Day spotlights the need to invest in teenage girls. Despite strides the world has... Read more
17 June 2016
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A class for youth with hearing disabilities in Burkina Faso. UNFPA has provided training on sexual and reproductive health to this and other schools in the country. ©UNFPA/Théodore Somda
UNITED NATIONS, New York/OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso – A shocking 20 per cent of women with disabilities face forced or coerced sex. Stripped of their most fundamental reproductive rights, women with disabilities are too... Read more

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