News on Human rights

24 March 2016
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UNITED NATIONS, New York – During the 60th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), UNFPA announced that it was appointing actor and activist Ashley Judd as UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador for the Empowerment of Adolescent... Read more
17 March 2016
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UNITED NATIONS, New York – “When I was 12-years old, my family organized a ceremony to transition my sisters and myself to become women,” says Kakenya Ntaiya, a member of Kenya’s Maasai ethnic group. “I was first... Read more
16 March 2016
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UNITED NATIONS, New York – “When there is armed conflict, it is often more dangerous to be a woman than a soldier,” said Susana Camarero Benitez, Spain’s Secretary of State for Equality and Social Services, during an... Read more
18 February 2016
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SHABWAH, Yemen – The nearly year-old conflict in Yemen has now embroiled 21 of the country’s 22 governorates, civilian casualties are increasingly common, food is in short supply and many hospitals, police stations and... Read more
12 February 2016
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UNITED NATIONS, New York/Beirut, Lebanon – Standing several inches shy of her middle-aged groom’s shoulder, the 12-year-old bride, outfitted in a child-size white wedding gown and veil, stiffly clutches a small bouquet... Read more
5 February 2016
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NABATIEH, Lebanon – In late 2013, Haneen, now 14, fled Syria with her parents and 10 siblings. As her family made its way to the Turkish border, her father sustained injuries that left him paralyzed. Fearing he could no... Read more
3 December 2015
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Boat in the Strait of Sicily, 40 miles from the Libyan coast. Photo © Franco Pagetti/VII
UNITED NATIONS, New York –  “The health and rights of women and adolescents should not be treated like an afterthought in humanitarian response,” Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, UNFPA’s Executive Director, said today at the... Read more
1 December 2015
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Zhanna* receives support at New Day, which provides counseling and facilitates treatment in the conflict-affected Donetsk Region of Ukraine. © Maks Levin/UNFPA
KRAMATORSK, Ukraine - Zhanna*, 36, is an HIV-positive mother of two in the conflict-affected Donetsk Region of Ukraine. She says she contracted HIV from her former partner, a man who beat and raped her. Her candour... 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
1 June 2015
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Much of the world is poised to reap a demographic dividend. But to do this, countries must invest in young people. Students in Cotonou, Benin. © UNFPA Benin/Ollivier Girard
UNITED NATIONS, New York – Young people are increasingly recognized as critical actors in matters of global importance. "I place great hope in their power to shape our future,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-... Read more

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