News on Human rights

20 November 2012
In the News
When Babatunde Osotimehin last year became the head of UNFPA -- the international development agency promoting female rights -- the news didn't go down too well with many women working in the field. After his... Read more
30 November 2012
UNITED NATIONS -- The Third Committee of the General Assembly this week adopted a resolution calling for intensified global efforts to eliminate female genital mutilation and cutting. The resolution calls on the... Read more
3 October 2012
In the News
SUKUMALAND -- Nyamizi, a 73-year-old widow from Sukumaland, Tanzania, was returning home from work one night when she was attacked by a man with a machete. He chopped off her hand and slashed her head, knocking her... Read more
12 September 2012
As part of a broader process to engage with civil society, the UN Development Group consulted with a group of faith-based organizations on the post-2015 development framework. This report outlines the highlights of the... Read more
24 September 2012
A high-level side event at the 67 Session of the UN General Assembly called for increased commitment and concerted actions among many partner to end the practice of female genital mutilation and cutting. The event,... Read more
9 October 2012
KAPILVASTU, Nepal—Bijay Laxmi, 15 years old, has been married since she was 11. In a few months, she will move in with the family of a husband she doesn’t know. There, she will cook, clean, tend the livestock and, most... Read more
1 June 2012
As documented in its 2011 Annual Report, the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund was the largest single donor to UNFPA humanitarian efforts in 2011. CERF is a humanitarian fund established by the United... Read more
6 March 2012
The challenge of delivering for rural women is a critical issue for UNFPA as it works to ensure that every pregnancy is wanted and every childbirth is safe. Accessing basic health care, including quality family... Read more
3 April 2012
KAMPALA – Parliamentarians have a crucial role to play in ensuring meaningful, people-centred development, UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin made clear in his address to the 126th Inter-Parliamentary... Read more
19 April 2012
UNITED NATIONS, New York — In her first public address as UNFPA's New Deputy Executive Director (Management), Ms. Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen emphasized that sustainable development strategies must take account of people... Read more


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