News on Engaging men & boys

7 Octubre 2015
‘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
8 Septiembre 2015
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
21 Julio 2015
Patricia, 23, arrived at the fair knowing very little about contraception. But she was intrigued. "I do not want to have more children now because I do not have the means to support them," she said. © UNFPA WCARO
AHUA, Côte d’Ivoire – As the crowds poured into the fairground in Ahua Village, in rural Côte d’Ivoire, it was clear that this would not be an ordinary festival. Instead of games and prizes, the village square was... Read more
16 Julio 2015
Displaced families share an Iftar meal at the women's centre in Saad Camp. © UNFPA/Eman Al Qoloub WCC /Rusul Abdul Kareem
DIYALA, Iraq – More than three million people have been displaced by the violence engulfing Iraq. Amid the persistent insecurity, and the loss of lives, homes and jobs, Iraqi families are observing the holy month of... Read more
26 Junio 2015
Children play football at a low-cost informal school in Nairobi. Research by APHRC has helped the Government of Kenya develop policies on school access. © African Population and Health Research Centre
UNITED NATIONS, New York – The United Nations honoured Thoraya Ahmed Obaid and the African Population and Health Research Centre (APHRC), recipients of the 2015 United Nations Population Award, at a ceremony held today... Read more
17 Junio 2015
Midwife Chris Kwikiriza gives a dignity kit, containing hygiene supplies, to a mother and her newborn at Biira Health Centre, near the Boroli refugee settlement. Despite widespread reluctance to use health facilities and male midwives, Mr. Kwikirize has become one of the most trusted midwives in the area. © UNFPA/Evelyn Kiapi
ADJUMANI, Uganda – Twenty-five-year-old Chris Kwikiriza has beat the odds. A midwife in the Boroli refugee settlement, in Uganda’s Adjumani District, he is helping pregnant women overcome their fears of giving birth in... Read more
4 Junio 2015
Amir nearly died while fleeing Syria. Today, he works at a UNFPA-supported health centre, helping other refugees seek assistance. © UNFPA Jordan/David Brunetti
AMMAN, Jordan – Amir* arrived in Jordan two years ago with gunshot wounds in his back. He had been beaten and even declared dead while his family tried to flee their home in the besieged Syrian city of Homs. Today, he... Read more
9 Febrero 2015
Girls practice Taekwondo in Dushanbe. They are wearing t-shirts from the UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign. Sports federations in Tajikistan are working to advance gender equality and prevent violence against women. © UNFPA Tajikistan/Panos Pictures/William Daniels
DUSHANBE, Tajikistan – “Strong men respect women.” These were the words of World Taekwondo Champion Daler Tyuryaev, who is helping to lead a movement of martial artists in the battle against gender-based violence and... Read more
25 Noviembre 2014
DELHI/NEW YORK – "Today, there is no country in the world, not one, where women and girls live free from violence," said UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, in a statement marking the International Day... Read more
10 Noviembre 2014
HARARE/NEW YORK – “When I was working, I would not give my wife any money. I would keep what I made in my own pocket,” said John Kaponda in Epworth, Zimbabwe. “I would come home drunk, kick all the pots, and beat my... Read more