News on Gender-based violence

21 April 2015
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Zarmina and her mother. Some members of their family have blamed Zarmina for the abduction, but her mother has stood by her. © UNFPA Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan – “They told me that my mother had sold me to them,” Zarmina* said of her kidnappers, who snatched her from her home in Afghanistan when she was only 13, then forced her into sexual servitude. Her... Read more
14 April 2015
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UNFPA staff speak with adolescent refugees from Nigeria, who fled insecurity at home and are now living in the Sayam Forage Refugees Camp in Diffa, Niger. © UNFPA Niger/Habila Tsahirou
UNITED NATIONS, New York – Today marks the one-year anniversary of the horrific kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls from the north-eastern Nigerian town of Chibok by Boko Haram insurgents. This was not a one-time tragedy.... Read more
14 April 2015
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Nigo, a 14-year-old girl from Nigeria, was abducted by Boko Haram in November. After she escaped to Niger, she received support from a UNFPA-supported programme. © UNFPA Niger/Souleymane Saddi Maazou
NIAMEY, Niger/UNITED NATIONS, New York – One year ago, on the night of 14 April, 276 schoolgirls were seized by Boko Haram insurgents in Chibok, a town in north-eastern Nigeria. Since the kidnapping, 57 of those girls... Read more
1 April 2015
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Women wait for reproductive health services in Fresh Wind Ohlem, outside Port Vila, Vanuatu. The turnout was more than twice what outreach workers expected. © UNFPA/Ariela Zibiah
PORT VILA, Vanuatu – “We lost everything. All the clothes – gone,” Anna Naual said at an aid post in Fresh Wind Ohlem, a settlement near Vanuatu’s capital, Port Vila. The single mother, who works in a hotel in the city... Read more
19 March 2015
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A public discussion on maternal health in Burkina Faso. Information gathering and decision-making should include community members, said experts at a UN meeting. © Jerome Sessini/Magnum Photos
UNITED NATIONS, New York – Nearly seven in 10 women in the Marshall Islands have experienced physical or sexual violence. These were the shocking findings announced yesterday at United Nations Headquarters in New York,... Read more
17 March 2015
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Women breastfeed outside a UNFPA-supported safe space at Mpasa camp, in Phalombe,   Malawi. The safe space offers counselling and services for survivors of gender-based   violence, and also provides recreational and skill-building activities for women and   girls. © UNFPA Malawi
CHIKWAWA, Malawi – It was the second time in three months that Mary, 43, had to fight for her life. The first was in January, when torrential rainfall inundated much of southern Malawi, in what is likely to be one of... Read more
9 March 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
25 February 2015
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A volunteer works in the community police unit in Garowe, Somalia.  ©UNFPA/Pilirani Semu-Banda
PUNTLAND, Somalia – Sixteen-year-old Sahra* was herding goats in Puntland, Somalia, last September when a man approached her and asked for drinking water. She gave him the water, but then he grabbed her and, at... Read more
24 February 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 February 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

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