News on Gender equality

26 Juin 2015
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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 Juin 2015
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Huda (right) sits at a UNFPA-supported safe space in Alexandria, Egypt. She fled the violence in Syria three years ago and struggled to support herself. Now, she is working on behalf of other women refugees. Photo courtesy of Huda.
CAIRO, Egypt – “Shake me from my sleep, whisper in my ear, tell me it was just a bad dream,” said Huda,* 22, explaining how it felt to become a refugee three years ago. Back home in Damascus, Syria, Huda had been a... Read more
29 Avril 2015
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Asma with her friends at the women’s safe space. “I am happy in the sewing session,” she said. “My teacher is from the same place I came from. We speak the same language and share the same memories.” © UNFPA/Shayda Hesammi
ERBIL, Iraq – When 39-year-old Asma crossed the border from Syria into Iraq, all she could think about was the son she was leaving behind. “It was the worst day of my life – worse than all the shooting and attacks in... Read more
3 Mars 2015
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Bounthone Kongphongma, volontaire communautaire de la santé, fournit des informations et services de planification familiale à Laipong et Tongdam Kongwan dans le village enclavé de Lao Luang. © UNFPA/Micka Perier
Vientiane, République démocratique populaire lao – « Si seulement ma femme et moi avions été informés plus tôt de la planification familiale et avions pu avoir accès aux services, nous aurions eu quatre enfants – pas 14... Read more
9 Mars 2015
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Young women in Guatemala. UNFPA supports programmes empowering adolescent girls to realize their rights. © UNFPA Guatemala
UNITED NATIONS, New York/GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala – “We know that when we invest in young people, especially adolescent girls, we are making one of the smartest investments countries can make,” UNFPA Executive Director... Read more
6 Mars 2015
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UNFPA marches for gender equality. Around the world, activists attend marches marking International Women's Day. © UNFPA/Lin Gao
UNITED NATIONS, New York – “I already heard in the past that women and men are equal,” said Firuza Sirojeva, a schoolgirl in Tajikistan, after attending a workshop on women’s rights. “But here, at the training, I... Read more
11 Mars 2015
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A girl peeks from her one-room shelter in an informal settlment for Syrian refugees in   Al-Marj, Lebanon. Desperation has pushed some Syrian refugee families to see child   marriage as a way to relieve economic pressures. © UNFPA/ David Brunetti
CHOUEIFAT, Lebanon – When Hiam, a 13-year-old Syrian refugee living in Lebanon, learned her parents wanted her to marry a complete stranger, she felt helpless. But she saw a way out after hearing of a UNFPA-supported... Read more
24 Février 2015
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Youth activist Benaiah Nari, in Papua New Guinea, helps his peers make safe and   respectful sexual and reproductive health choices. © UNFPA Pacific
FIJI/PORT MORESBY – Benaiah Nari grew up amid poverty and ethnic clashes in Papua New Guinea, a country where sexual violence, sexually transmitted infections and adolescent pregnancy are rife. After watching his peers... Read more
9 Février 2015
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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
5 Février 2015
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A network of women advocates in Doka, Sudan. They are committed to ending FGM in their community. © UNFPA
DOKA, Sudan – Like the vast majority of women in Sudan, Haja Aicha underwent female genital mutilation (FGM)  as a child. And like many women, she says the procedure was agonizing. But unlike most people, Haja Aicha has... Read more

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