UNFPA News

19 September 2014 - Dispatch

Religious leaders call for action on sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights at UN

UNITED NATIONS, New York – A delegation of faith leaders at the United Nations today issued a rousing call to action on the fulfilment and protection of sexual and reproductive rights. Their declaration, issued at a global consultation during the 69th session of the UN General Assembly, urged world leaders to uphold these rights and to ensure they are reflected in development plans being prepared for 2015. more

18 September 2014 - Media Advisory

Multi-million Dollar Partnership for Sahel’s Development to be Reinforced by African Governments, UN, World Bank

UNITED NATIONS, New York – A major initiative by the World Bank Group and UNFPA will enable countries in the troubled Sahel region to better invest in the well-being of their women and young people, particularly girls, so that they would become powerful engines for development.   more
17 September 2014 - Dispatch

Gender equality guaranteed in Tunisia's new constitution

TUNIS/NEW YORK – Tunisia’s adoption of a constitution guaranteeing equal rights and protection from gender-based violence is a huge step forward, says Meherzia Laabidi, the vice-president of the country’s National Constituent Assembly. But with discriminatory laws still on the books, and few enforcement mechanisms in place, much more work remains to be done. UNFPA is working with officials to help review and implement new protections for women and girls. more
16 September 2014 - Dispatch

In Thailand’s refugee camps, shifting attitudes about sexual and reproductive health

MAE SOT, Thailand – Visiting a sexual and reproductive health clinic may seem ordinary for many women. But this is not the case for Saba, 21, who has been living in the Mae La refugee camp along Thailand’s border with Myanmar for the last two years. Until recently, social norms prevented women in the camp from seeking these essential health services. more
15 September 2014 - Dispatch

Combating Tanzania’s high child marriage rates

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania – Happiness, from the Mara Region of Tanzania, was 12 years old when her parents decided she was old enough to be married. They pulled her from school, planned to have her undergo female genital mutilation (FGM) and prepared to marry her off to a man of their choosing. A new initiative aims to protect girls like Happiness from the pressure to marry while still children. more
15 September 2014 - Media Advisory

UNFPA to Promote Rights of Women, Young People, as World Marks 1994 Cairo Population Conference during UN General Assembly

UNITED NATIONS, New York—The health and rights of women and young people, particularly girls, will be the focus of various events that will be held during the 69th regular session of the United Nations General Assembly, which starts here tomorrow. more
11 September 2014 - Dispatch

Pregnant women forced to flee escalating crisis in Iraq

DUHOK, Iraq – As hostilities neared her village in northern Iraq, 30-year-old Khawla had little choice but to flee – while she was eight months pregnant. She and her seven children spent days on the run before Khawla gave birth in a UNFPA-assisted hospital. more
10 September 2014 - Dispatch

Sierra Leone saves lives with sunlight

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone – Fatmata Kamara, from Sierra Leone’s Kambia District, could not hide her surprise when she learned she would not have to bring candles or a torch to the clinic when she was ready to deliver her baby. An innovative UNFPA-supported project is providing electricity in maternal health clinics that were previously left in the dark. more
05 September 2014 - Statement

UNFPA: The path forward

We also know that in order to make progress, in order to advance a universal sustainable development agenda beyond 2015, we must work towards a common understanding of the universality of human rights. Development can only succeed when human rights are respected. more

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