News on Human rights

4 April 2018
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MP Hadjira Oumouri attends the Comorian marathon on International Women’s Day. Her shirt says, "I am more than a mother. I am also a woman with ambition." © UNFPA Comoros/Nasser Youssouf
MORONI, Comoros – As a midwife, Hadjira Oumouri, 49, spent years advocating for the health and rights of women. Today, she is the second-ever woman Member of Parliament in the Comoros, and currently the only female MP.... Read more
22 March 2018
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Survivors of gender-based violence require a full range of services, from medical care to counselling to legal support. © UNFPA Iraq
UNITED NATIONS, New York/KHANKE and DOHUK, Iraq – “I was sold more than once,” Resalah* told UNFPA. A member of the Yazidi minority, she was abducted by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS... Read more
16 March 2018
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Violence against women and girls is pervasive throughout the world. A rape kit in South Sudan. © UNFPA/Tim McKulka
UNITED NATIONS, New York – Leaders and youth advocates gathered in New York on Tuesday to discuss how to work together to end violence against women and girls, the most prevalent human rights violation in the world. The... Read more
26 February 2018
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UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador visits Rohingya refugee women at a women-friendly space in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Six months ago, a massive influx of refugees began to pour into Bangladesh, fleeing the violence in Myanmar. © UNFPA/Lauren Anders Brown
In mid-February, humanitarian advocate, writer and actor Ashley Judd travelled to Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh to meet Rohingya refugees who have escaped violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. There, she visited UNFPA-... Read more
14 February 2018
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Girls in the Raparinga Biz meet in a safe space, where they can freely discuss issues including gender equality, violence and their own struggles. © UNFPA Mozambique
MAPUTO, Mozambique – “We are equal to boys and can also contribute to society,” said 17-year-old Lidia Suale Saide. Lidia knows what it means to stand up for these beliefs. One year ago, she refused her mother’s attempt... Read more
6 February 2018
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Latty, 14, was inspired by her mother to call for the elimination of FGM. Luca Zordan for UNFPA
UNITED NATIONS, New York/Ouagadougou, BURKINA FASO – Fourteen-year-old Latifatou Compaoré learned the spirit of resistance from her mother. Her mother was subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM) as a child in... Read more
15 January 2018
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Kiena Odette,Musito and other girls take part in educational and recreational activities at the UNFPA-supported women-friendly space. © UNFPA/Tiril Skarstein
LOVUA, Angola – In a simple white tent in the Lóvua refugee settlement in Angola, women and girls who fled the brutal conflict in Kasai, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, can find safe haven and support. The tent... Read more
11 January 2018
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UNFPA works with survivors of violence and with law enforcement. But with studies showing that young herders are frequently among the perpetrators of violence, it became clear that efforts must be directed towards them, as well. © UNFPA Lesotho
HABA TSEKA, Lesotho – “Before, I never used a condom, and I would force myself violently onto girls and young women,” said Kabelo*, 22, in rural Lesotho. A herder in Haba Tseka, he grew up in an area where violence is... Read more
14 December 2017
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District family court judge Yorlin Matamoro has received a UNFPA-supported master's degree in gender equality and human rights. © UNFPA Nicaragua/Joaquín Zuñiga
ESTELI, Nicaragua – At only 19, Michelle Zeledón, from the north of Nicaragua, has been through a lot. She watched her father beat her mother, and endured years of his verbal abuse. “One time, during the Holy Week, my... Read more
4 December 2017
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"I probably would be dead by now were it not for their intervention," Ms. Asinde said of the staff at the Kakuma Support Centre. © UNFPA Kenya/Douglas Waudo
KAKUMA, Kenya – Dalia Asinde was married 16 years ago in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She was 22 and in love, she said. But her husband soon became violent – and relentless. She lost count of the beatings,... Read more

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