News on Gender equality

22 September 2017
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Svitlana Tavantseva counsels survivors of violence in Ukraine. Too often, she says, women are shamed rather than perpetrators. © UNFPA Ukraine/Maks Levin
UNITED NATIONS, New York – Violence against women continues to be the most pervasive human rights violation in the world. Roughly one in three women experience physical or sexual assault in her lifetime – and this... Read more
28 August 2017
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Sileshi Deguale recounts his story, explaining why family planning was the right choice for himself and his wife. © UNFPA Ethiopia
SHEBEL BERENTA, Ethiopia – Sileshi Deguale was busy working alongside his family, preparing their land for planting season, but he paused to recall how difficult the work was last year. His wife had been too ill to help... Read more
3 August 2017
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Globally, pregnancy-related complications are the leading cause of death  among girls aged 15 to 19. Photograph by Lucy Tomasino
AHUACHAPÁN, El Salvador – “I could have died the day my son was born,” said Evelyn*, who became pregnant when she was only 13. Her pregnancy was complicated, and she spent most of the time bedridden and in constant... Read more
28 July 2017
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Women participate in a community discussion about ending practices that are harmful to women and girls. In this session, they are talking about child marriage. © UNFPA Ethiopia/Meron Negash
BENISHANGUL-GUMUZ, Ethiopia – Three times, Abebech Kabla has given birth alone in the woods. Each time, she thought she might die. The first time, she was only 13 years old, a year into her marriage. “Even after giving... Read more
20 July 2017
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A pilot programme is working to stop the cycle of violence in Cambodia, where half of women and a quarter of men say wife beating can be justified. © UNFPA Cambodia/Sophanara Pen
KAMPONG CHAM, Cambodia – Women in Cambodia’s Kampong Cham Province are no strangers to violence. A staggering 33 per cent of women in the province have experienced physical violence since age 15, a 2014 survey revealed... Read more
18 July 2017
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Edith Nambalirwa is reaching other youth with her entrepreneurial spirit and knowledge of sexual and reproductive health. © UNFPA ESARO/Corrie Butler
MUBENDE, Uganda/UNITED NATIONS, New York – Today, the world faces daunting challenges, from persistent poverty to entrenched inequalities. Yet one key solution is just over the horizon, if countries and leaders take... Read more
14 July 2017
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Kate and Samuel Opio with their twins at Inomo Health Centre III, in Uganda's Apac District. They now plan to use a modern contraceptive method. © UNFPA/Prossy Jonker Nakanjako
APAC, Uganda/LONDON, United Kingdom – Kate Opio, 33, was buoyant, cuddling one of her newborn twins in the maternity ward at a health centre in Uganda’s Apac District. The other twin slept peacefully beside them. But... Read more
14 July 2017
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A young woman at a fistula-repair campaign in Batouri, Cameroon. Obstetric fistula is a life-altering childbirth injury that afflicts the world's most marginalized women. But it can be repaired – and prevented. © UNFPA Cameroon/Olive Bonga
BATOURI, Cameroon – Amina was married when she was just a child. Soon after, she became pregnant, and, at only 13 years old, she went into labour. As is the case with many girls her age, Amina’s body was not mature... Read more
10 July 2017
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Aminata Kabba became pregnant at 15. She says she wishes she had known about family planning. © MSSL
PUJEHUN/BUEDU, Sierra Leone – When Aminata Kabba became pregnant last year, at 15 years old, she had no idea how difficult her life would become.  “Having a child at my age was a big mistake,” she said. Becoming a... Read more
7 July 2017
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When Mae Esparcia returned to work after having a baby, she was able to access contraceptive pills through a workplace family planning programme. ©UNFPA Philippines/Mario Villamor
CAVITE, Philippines – Seven months ago, Mae Esparcia, 30, gave birth to her first child, Maria Carmen. After her delivery, Ms. Esparcia, a garments factory worker at Hamlin Industrial Corp. in Cavite, Philippines,... Read more

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