Promoting Gender Equality

Empowerment Throughout Life

In many cultures, the discrimination against girls that begins in infancy can affect the course of their entire lives. Similarly, male attitudes towards gender and sexual relations are developed in boyhood, when they are often set for life. In addition, the needs and rights of individuals are different at different stages of life. For these reasons, UNFPA takes a life cycle approach to its programming, focusing on key messages that can empower both women and men at different stages of their lives.

Critical Messages for Different Stages of Life




The Older Years

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