News on Gender-based violence

24 February 2017
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A women's meeting in South Sudan. A free online course is helping aid workers improve safety and services for women and girls. © UNFPA South Sudan/Harriet Adong
UNITED NATIONS, New York – An online course for humanitarians is raising new awareness about women’s needs and vulnerabilities in emergency-affected communities around the world. “It acted as an eye opener, and it made... Read more
16 February 2017
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Families, including pregnant women, children, and disabled and elderly people, have fled shelling and airstrikes in northern Myanmar’s Kachin State. © Metta Development Foundation
KACHIN STATE, Myanmar – Since the armed conflict in northern Myanmar’s Kachin State intensified in December, nearly 7,000 people have fled the area, often amid shelling and airstrikes. Among the people on the run are... Read more
1 February 2017
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Solani Zapata, a member of her region's indigenous council, says talking about FGM sparked conversations about women's role in society. © UNFPA/Daniel Baldotto
BOGOTA, Colombia – Solani Zapata first heard about female genital mutilation (FGM) when she gave birth to her daughter. Her mother-in-law insisted she had to cut her newborn’s clitoris. Shocked, Ms. Zapata refused.  She... Read more
20 January 2017
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The outreach campaign provided antenatal care, postpartum services, family planning counselling and many other services. © UNFPA Somalia
MORODIJEEX – It was early morning when a young sheikh, Abdi Iidan, and his wife joined the long queue leading to a tent in Morodijeex, in north-western Somalia. Mr. Iidan stood out from the crowd; women dominated the... Read more
13 January 2017
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UNFPA, with its partner the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, distributes hygiene kits in Aleppo during a recent assessment mission. © UNFPA Syria
ALEPPO, Syria – Women’s health, hygiene and protection needs are staggering in the bomb-scarred city of Aleppo, UNFPA observers reported following a United Nations interagency needs assessment conducted from 1 to 12... Read more
10 January 2017
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Natasha Biendi was married off when she was just 13 years old. Life as an underage wife and mother is hard. “There is too much work to do," she said. © UNFPA
MAROUA/BATOURI, Cameroon – “My father forced me into marriage at the age of 14 – to a man I barely even knew,” Aminatou Bello, now 16, told UNFPA in Maroua, in the extreme north of Cameroon. The marriage quickly turned... Read more
20 December 2016
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Hillary Bustos Gómez found herself pregnant at 16 years old. © UNFPA/Priscilla Mora
GUANACASTE, Costa Rica – When Hillary Bustos Gómez found herself pregnant at 16, she was not prepared for the challenges ahead. “The first months were the hardest. I couldn’t get used to the idea. ‘What am I going to do... Read more
16 December 2016
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"I’m proud to be a man who stands up against domestic violence,” said Aung Htwe. © UNFPA/Yenny Gamming
Kachin, Myanmar – Five years ago, armed conflict engulfed Nam San Yam Village in northern Myanmar, forcing Aung Htwe to flee for his life. Since then, he has lived in the Maina AG displacement camp, unable to return... Read more
9 December 2016
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A member of the mobile team meets with Tetiana in her temporary accommodations in Kharkiv. © UNFPA/Denys Panchenko
KHARKIV, Ukraine – Tetiana* and her husband were abducted and savagely abused after conflict broke out in Donetsk, in eastern Ukraine. After months of torment, they and their nine children were driven from their home... Read more
5 December 2016
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Namibian techies spent a hectic 24 hours creating innovations to tackle gender-based violence. Team Amani celebrates their win. © UNFPA Namibia/Emma Mbekele
WINDHOEK, Namibia – In many ways, Lelanie Basson is the picture of an empowered woman. But the best-selling Namibian author and entrepreneur remembers darker times: an abusive relationship that turned her life upside... Read more

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