News on Gender equality

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
1 February 2017
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Solani Zapata, a member of her region's indigenous council, says talking about FGM sparked conversations about women's role in society. © UNFPA/Daniel Baldotto
BOGOTA, Colombia – Solani Zapata first heard about female genital mutilation (FGM) when she gave birth to her daughter. Her mother-in-law insisted she had to cut her newborn’s clitoris. Shocked, Ms. Zapata refused.  She... Read more
16 December 2016
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"I’m proud to be a man who stands up against domestic violence,” said Aung Htwe. © UNFPA/Yenny Gamming
Kachin, Myanmar – Five years ago, armed conflict engulfed Nam San Yam Village in northern Myanmar, forcing Aung Htwe to flee for his life. Since then, he has lived in the Maina AG displacement camp, unable to return... Read more
14 December 2016
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These 10 New Year's resolutions are inspired by real people who are making positive, lasting change. Based on photo by UNFPA Zimbabwe/Nikita Little
UNITED NATIONS, New York – Tragedies have been dominating the headlines. War and persecution achieved a terrible new milestone this year: More people are displaced from their homes than ever before in human history, the... Read more
25 November 2016
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Raneem Abras, 16, calls for an end to child marriage. © UNFPA Lebanon/Sima Diab
UNITED NATIONS, New York – Violence against women and girls is one of the world’s most pervasive human rights abuses. But a global chorus of voices is calling for change. Today is the start of an international campaign... Read more
14 November 2016
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Dr. José Luis Palma Vélez aboard the "Health Canoe," a water ambulance that transports pregnant women to the nearest health centre. © UNFPA/Jose Antonio Guayasamin
SUCUMBÍOS, Ecuador – Margarita Mamallacta’s village, in a remote Ecuadorian district on the edge of the Amazon rainforest, was not always a safe place for mothers. Pregnant women in the indigenous communities here, in... 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
21 October 2016
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Barbara, Jocelly and Maria Eduarda after attending a reproductive health seminar in Goiana, Brazil. © UNFPA Brazil/Tatiana Almeida
GOIANA, Brazil – "I heard at school that Zika is sexually transmitted, and my mother has also mentioned it," Maria Eduarda told her friends, Barbara and Jocielly, all 14, after they had exited a reproductive health... Read more
20 October 2016
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Temawelase is a sixth-grader in rural Swaziland. Whether the world is able to achieve its development goals depends, in large part, on her fate and the fate of girls like her. ©UNFPA/Barcroft Media/Mark Lewis
UNITED NATIONS, New York – The world’s future will be determined by the fate of its 10-year-old girls. Age 10 is the beginning of adolescence, when girls start to see life's possibilities expanding – or contracting. As... Read more
11 October 2016
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Sibongile Majaura's business has saved her education and helps support her family. © UNFPA Zimbabwe/Nikita Little
MAKONDE, Zimbabwe – Three years ago, Sibongile Majaura was on the cusp of dropping out of school, a misfortune all too familiar to girls in Zimbabwe.  But she has defied the odds. With just a little investment and a lot... Read more

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