News on Gender equality

25 Juin 2018
News
Najat suffered a traumatic birth injury, and nearly died, after her in-laws refused to take her to a hospital during labour. © National Midwives Association/UNFPA
SANA’A, Yemen – Najat, a trained midwife, was well aware of the dangers of pregnancy and childbirth. But when her own health needs and professional judgment clashed with her husband’s traditional ideas, she suffered in... Read more
7 Juin 2018
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Menstrual health is a serious, but overlooked, issue among vulnerable women. Refugees in Louva, Angola, receive UNFPA-distributed dignity kits, which include sanitary napkins, soap, laundry detergent and other essential hygiene supplies. © UNFPA/Tiril Skarstein
UNITED NATIONS, New York – Shame, stigma and misinformation surrounding menstruation are contributing to serious human rights concerns for women and girls, emphasizes a new report commissioned by UNFPA.  The report, a... Read more
30 Mai 2018
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Faith Kiraison, an advocate for girls' rights and health, teaches her peers about menstrual health management. © UNFPA Kenya/Douglas Waudo
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa/NAROK, Kenya – “I felt embarrassed to be a girl and felt like it was a punishment,” recalled 13-year-old Faith, describing her first period.  She was living in a boarding school in Narok... Read more
15 Mai 2018
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Des hommes font la queue pour s'inscrire à l'événement de vasectomie à Port-au-Prince. L'enthousiasme a largement dépassé les attentes. © Moïse Alex Docteur / VNU
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haïti - « A 55 ans j’ai quatre enfants. J'ai réalisé que je n'avais pas assez de ressources pour prendre soin de plus de personnes », a expliqué Lamour Denis, dans une clinique de santé reproductive à... Read more
10 Mai 2018
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Drawing on her own experience being married as a child – and then getting back to school – Jenipher Sanni has become a mentor for girls in her community. © UN Foundation/GirlUp
MANGOCHI, Malawi – Jenipher Sanni dreams of making it big in life, and this year, she prepares to sit for four exams to attain the certificate she needs to move on to university. But getting to this point has not been a... Read more
25 Avril 2018
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Rima *, une mère de deux enfants âgée de 22 ans, a échappé à la fois à la guerre en Syrie à la violence domestiques. Aujourd'hui, elle travaille comme médiatrice de la santé dans un espace sécurisé de l'UNFPA en Turquie. © UNFPA Turquie
ANKARA, Turquie - A la mort de son père, Rima a été également privée de son bonheur et de son indépendance. Elle n'avait que 13 ans et vivait en Syrie à l'époque. Ses oncles l’ont prise en charge, imposant des règles... Read more
16 Avril 2018
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Young actors perform a scene from "Ruža," an interactive play about the harms of child marriage. Photo by Almir Panjeta for UNICEF/UNFPA BiH
SARAJEVO, Bosnia and Herzegovina – On the surface, child marriage seems to affect few girls in Bosnia and Herzegovina. But dig a little deeper, and a pattern emerges among the most marginalized, impoverished girls. A... Read more
4 Avril 2018
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La députée Hadjira Oumouri assiste au marathon comorien lors de la Journée internationale de la femme. © UNFPA Comores / Nasser Youssouf
MORONI, Comores - En tant que sage-femme, Hadjira Oumouri, 49 ans, a passé des années à défendre la santé et les droits des femmes. Aujourd'hui, elle est la deuxième femme à siéger en tant que députée aux Comores et... Read more
23 Mars 2018
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“We really need more information on sex and reproductive health,” said Kathleen Acosta, 18, a senior and student leader at UP high school in Iloilo. © UNFPA Philippines
ILOILO, Philippines – “I was shocked when I found out I was pregnant,” said Gina*, now 19. At the time, she was a third-year high school student in Iloilo, a central province of the Philippines, and already six months... Read more
22 Mars 2018
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Survivors of gender-based violence require a full range of services, from medical care to counselling to legal support. © UNFPA Iraq
UNITED NATIONS, New York/KHANKE and DOHUK, Iraq – “I was sold more than once,” Resalah* told UNFPA. A member of the Yazidi minority, she was abducted by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS... Read more

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