News on Gender equality

9 October 2015
News
Marcelle, 19, calls for girls to “get an education and be successful in life.” She and other elite athletes at the All African Games promoted girls’ rights, health and well-being through a variety of UNFPA-supported programmes. © UNFPA Congo
BRAZZAVILLE, Congo – “We are tired of hearing our parents telling us how, back in their days, young girls were married already at the age of 13,” said Marcelle, 19. “What is important today is to get an education and be... Read more
7 October 2015
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‘Aida struggled to recover from the memories of the Sarin gas attacks in Ghouta, Syria. After her family fled to Lebanon, services at a women’s centre helped her start a small business. © UNFPA/David Brunetti
AMMAN, Jordan – “I’d just gotten off the night shift,” said ‘Aida*, a nurse, describing the morning her neighbourhood in Ghouta, Syria, was attacked with Sarin gas. “My son called out to me. He couldn’t see.” It was 21... Read more
30 September 2015
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Young people must be prioritized, African Union leaders declared at a high-level meeting yesterday. Youth like Luwiza Lewis, in Malawi, demonstrate how opportunities can translate into lasting progress. © UNFPA Malawi
AFRICAN UNION CONFERENCE HALL, New York/LILONGWE, Malawi – At 15 years old, Luwiza Lewis, in Malawi, became pregnant and dropped out of school. Stories like hers are tragically common in much of Africa. Young people too... Read more
28 September 2015
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Panel moderator Asha Curran, director of the Center for Innovation and Social Impact at the 92nd St Y, with UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin and Ashley Judd, an actress and human rights activist, at the Social Good Summit in New York. © UNFPA/Koye Adeboye
NEW YORK, United States – Young people are an engine for progress, but their potential future will go unfulfilled if they are not empowered, said UNFPA Executive Dr. Director Babatunde Osotimehin and actress and... Read more
25 September 2015
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The 17 Sustainable Development Goals are projected onto the United Nations building ahead of the Sustainable Development Summit. © UN Photo/Cia Pak
UNITED NATIONS, New York – World leaders today unanimously adopted a historic set of global goals on eliminating poverty, achieving gender equality, and securing health and well-being for all people, at the opening of... Read more
22 September 2015
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Gender-based violence and inequality are longstanding problems in Yemen. Officials fear conditions have worsened under the current humanitarian crisis. A survivor of gender-based violence was photographed at a displacement camp in 2011. © UNFPA Yemen/Fahmia Al-Fotih
 The 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly is currently underway in New York. This meeting of the world's leaders will see the adoption of a new set of global goals – the Sustainable Development Goals –... Read more
15 September 2015
News
Monique (top row, fourth from left), 18, and her teammates are challenging expectations in their conservative community. © UNFPA
Today marks the start of the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly, which will see the adoption of a new set of global goals – the Sustainable Development Goals – that aim to transform the world over the... Read more
9 September 2015
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UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon meet with 15 girls from Nigeria's Kaduna State, who presented a drama about the challenges they face in their community. © UNFPA Nigeria/Adeola Olunloyo
ABUJA, Nigeria – “I am proud to be a girl.” These were the bold closing words of a drama performed by 15 girls for United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and UNFPA’s Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, in... Read more
8 September 2015
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Ry Chan says he used to be violent towards his first wife, a fact he greatly regrets. Today, he is helping to inspire change among the men in his rural Cambodian village. © UNFPA Cambodia/Sophanara Pen
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia – Ry Chan, a gentle father in his mid-30s, was once an abuser. He believed that “a woman deserves to be beaten when she commits a mistake,” he regretfully told UNFPA in his home in Cambodia’s... Read more
1 September 2015
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Hawa Buha with her husband, Enehaba Seid, in their home in Ethiopia. Ms. Hawa has been a trailblazer in her community, first refusing to undergo FGM, then marrying for love. © UNFPA Ethiopia/Abraham Gelaw
AWASH, Ethiopia – Twenty-four-year-old Hawa Buha was among the first in her conservative pastoralist community to defy the tradition of female genital mutilation (FGM). Here, in the northern Afar Region, many believe... Read more

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