News on Human rights

24 March 2011
YEREVAN, Armenia — Seven years ago Milena separated from her husband. Although she still loved him, they had difficulty communicating. She was fed up with the physical and emotional violence he inflicted, as well as the... Read more
19 May 2011
UNITED NATIONS, New York – The indigenous forest dwellers of the Republic of Congo are in danger of extinction, warns David Lawson, UNFPA Representative in that country. Recently released results of Congo’s 2007... Read more
19 April 2011
Tweet A revised edition of the Sphere Handbook, the Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Response, was launched last week in dozens of countries. “The Sphere Standards have become the gold... Read more
12 May 2011
On May 9, UNFPA's former Executive Director, Ms. Thoraya A. Obaid, was awarded the Union Medal by Union Theological Seminary, making her the first Muslim - and the first Muslim woman - to receive it. The Union Medal,... Read more
18 March 2011
In the News
Tweet She does not have a first name, nor a face. “No photos, please. ” Seated in a small dark room, her psychologist at her side, the “woman of Tuzla” will be her name. She is surrounded by cigarettes and medicines.... Read more
4 February 2011
Female genital mutilation/cutting has been illegal in Senegal since 1999. But that didn’t stop Dialyma Cisse‘s paternal grandmother from having her cut, against the wishes of the young girl and her parents. Stories... Read more
3 March 2011
 UNITED NATIONS, New York — UNFPA played an active role in this year's Commission on the Status of Women, which focused on women’s and girls’ access to education, training, science and technology, including the... Read more
25 February 2011
At a side event during the Commission on the Status of Women, UNFPA and UNICEF launched ‘Women’s and Children’s Rights: Making the Connection’, an advocacy booklet that explores how two strong treaties can complement... Read more
4 March 2011
MINSK, Belarus — About one in four Belarusian women aged 18-60 are subjected to physical abuse from their spouses or partners, according to a survey organized by the United Nations Office in Belarus. But a wide-ranging... Read more
21 March 2011
Tweet UNITED NATIONS, New York—A new agreement between UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, and the Government of Iraq will enhance efforts to meet the country’s development goals over the next four years. “We... Read more


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