News on Gender-based violence

14 February 2018
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Girls in the Raparinga Biz meet in a safe space, where they can freely discuss issues including gender equality, violence and their own struggles. © UNFPA Mozambique
MAPUTO, Mozambique – “We are equal to boys and can also contribute to society,” said 17-year-old Lidia Suale Saide. Lidia knows what it means to stand up for these beliefs. One year ago, she refused her mother’s attempt... Read more
11 January 2018
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UNFPA works with survivors of violence and with law enforcement. But with studies showing that young herders are frequently among the perpetrators of violence, it became clear that efforts must be directed towards them, as well. © UNFPA Lesotho
HABA TSEKA, Lesotho – “Before, I never used a condom, and I would force myself violently onto girls and young women,” said Kabelo*, 22, in rural Lesotho. A herder in Haba Tseka, he grew up in an area where violence is... Read more
15 January 2018
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Kiena Odette,Musito and other girls take part in educational and recreational activities at the UNFPA-supported women-friendly space. © UNFPA/Tiril Skarstein
LOVUA, Angola – In a simple white tent in the Lóvua refugee settlement in Angola, women and girls who fled the brutal conflict in Kasai, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, can find safe haven and support. The tent... Read more
17 January 2018
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Syrian refugee Tayma Abzali gave birth to her daughter, Helen, last September in Greece. Lynsey Addario for Time
ATHENS, Greece/UNITED NATIONS, New York – Over two years ago, Greece became the centre of a refugee and migration crisis, with hundreds of thousands of people streaming into the country, many of them risking death to... Read more
9 January 2018
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UNFPA and partners are working to protect vulnerable populations from sexual exploitation and abuse. © UNFPA Iraq
ERBIL, Iraq – “As humanitarians, we have a collective responsibility to prevent and safely respond to sexual abuse and exploitation in Iraq,” said Jennifer Emond, a UNFPA specialist on the subject, during a training... Read more
4 January 2018
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Lily surgió como lideresa tras las inundaciones en su comunidad, que dejaron a miles de personas desplazadas. © UNFPA Perú/Angela Valverde
LAMBAYEQUE, Perú - “Cuando sucedió el desastre, yo estaba con un embarazo muy avanzado y lo único que hice fue tratar de salvaguardar mi vida y la de mis hijos,” indica Lily, de 40 años, describiendo cómo su familia... Read more
22 December 2017
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M4RH provides accurate information on sexual and reproductive health topics in a private, nonjudgmental way. © Ministry of Health
KIGALI, Rwanda – Rwanda’s health system has seen great improvements in recent years, yet one area of health care remains underserved, particularly for young people: sexual and reproductive health. Stigma and... Read more
18 December 2017
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Fatima tells her story. She has endured over a decade of abuse. © UNFPA Iraq/Salwa Moussa
ERBIL, Iraq – “I was so desperate, I had lost hope. Committing suicide seemed the only escape from the abuse, back then,” Fatima* said in an interview earlier this month. “I didn’t know how to handle the pain.” A mother... Read more
14 December 2017
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Jueza Yorlin Matamoro recibió un título de Maestría en Igualdad de Género y Derechos Humanos gracias a un programa apoyado por el UNFPA. © UNFPA Nicaragua / Joaquín Zuñiga
ESTELI, Nicaragua –“A mi papá lo metieron preso por violencia hacía mi mamá. Llegó un momento en el que mi papá trató de matar a mi mamá” cuenta Michelle Zeledón, una joven de 19 años, del norte de Nicaragua. A sus 19... Read more
13 December 2017
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Girls at a women's education centre in Bihar, India. Child marriage is a serious concern in the state. © UNICEF
DARBHANGA, India – When a 13-year-old girl in the remote village of Darbhanga, in India’s Bihar State, overheard her parents planning to marry her off to a 15-year-boy the very next day, she had little hope to stop it.... Read more

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