News on Gender-based violence

11 March 2019
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Dr. Natalia Kanem, UNFPA's Executive Director, met with community role models in Kibera, the largest informal settlement in Kenya. © UNFPA
NAIROBO, Kenya – “When sleeping women awake, mountains move,” said Dr. Natalia Kanem, UNFPA’s Executive Director, quoting a Kenyan proverb at an event in the sprawling Kibera informal settlement. The event, held on... Read more
28 February 2019
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“We have been traveling for a week without being able to sleep, take a shower or eat well. I get tired easily, and have vomiting and headaches," said Mariana, who is five months pregnant. © UNFPA Peru
TUMBES, Peru – “I have been told that it was too dangerous to travel alone, but I did it for my family’s and my own well-being,” said Britney, 18, part of a mass exodus of people leaving Venezuela in search of a better... Read more
27 February 2019
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In this Islamic study group, older women bring up questions that younger women are too embarrassed to raise. © UNFPA WCARO/Habibou Dia
MARADI, Niger – The preacher Malama Ouani may seem like an unlikely advocate of sexual and reproductive health and rights. She teaches women about Islam and family welfare during study groups, known as “madrassas,” in... Read more
16 February 2019
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UNFPA brought critical reproductive health supplies to resident of the settlement, where conditions are dire. © UN in Syria
RUKBAN, Syria – As part of the largest-ever humanitarian convoy by the United Nations and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, UNFPA has delivered critical reproductive health supplies, hygiene and dignity kits to women and... Read more
7 February 2019
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Eman, from West Mosul, needed a Caesarean section for her fifth child. © UNFPA Iraq/Jared Kohler
MOSUL, Iraq – After the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS or Daesh) captured Mosul in 2014, most of the maternity wards and hospitals in the city were shuttered, leaving hundreds of... Read more
5 February 2019
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Asha lays out the tools she uses to perform female genital mutilation in Somalia. © UNFPA/Georgina Goodwin
UNITED NATIONS, New York – Too often, the first message a girl receives about her body is that it is imperfect – too fat or too thin, too dark or too freckled. But for some girls, the message is that, to be accepted by... Read more
1 February 2019
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“Many of my friends dropped out of school because of early marriage," said Soukaina, in Morocco. “I am grateful I have been able to finish school and delay motherhood." © UNFPA Morocco
UNITED NATIONS, New York – More than 150 million. This is the number of girls who could become child brides by 2030 if the world does not act decisively to end child marriage. On average, tens of thousands of girls are... Read more
24 January 2019
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Chief Mwanza has put women and girls at the top of her agenda since rising to power. © UNFPA Malawi/Henry Chimbali
MWANZA, Malawi – Chief Mwanza knows all too well the opportunities that are lost when girls are married off as children. She was married when she was only 14 years old. Born Chalendo MacDonald in 1952, she had wanted to... Read more
17 January 2019
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More than 50 UNFPA mobile teams are currently working in the country, serving thousands. © UNFPA/Maks Levin
SLOVIANSK, Ukraine – “We had been together for 12 years, but over a year ago, he started battering me,” Anna* described, recalling her husband’s increasingly erratic behaviour. Then a few months ago, he threatened her... Read more
12 December 2018
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RABAT, Morocco – “I had always felt lonely. All doors were closed.” For 25 years, Alkabira* suffered her husband’s physical and verbal abuse in silence. “Broken...that’s how I felt.” She had long contemplated ending her... Read more

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