News on Human rights

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
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

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