News on Human rights

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
10 February 2011
In the News
In Africa, if you play music in an open space, any music, then people will generally come. "It is the way to reach people, to bring them together." So says Sister Fa, a Senegalese urban soul and hip-hop star who has... Read more
20 February 2011
In the News
AFAR, Ethiopia — An official declaration marking the abandonment of female genital cutting was issued recently in the Amibara and the Awash-Fentale districts of Ethiopia’s Afar Region. The effort to abandon cutting... Read more
9 December 2010
NEPALGANJ, Nepal — It is especially dark tonight, with the monsoon rain coming down, not hard but constant. The evening birds have taken refuge in their tree nests all around, and the only sounds are the far-off murmur... Read more
29 November 2010
HANOI, Viet Nam – One in three, or 34 per cent, of ever-married Vietnamese women report that they have suffered physical or sexual violence from their husbands at some time in their lives, according to the National... Read more
14 December 2010
UNITED NATIONS, New York—United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said that UNFPA’s Thoraya Ahmed Obaid will be remembered for her global leadership on human rights, reproductive health and the empowerment of... Read more
4 October 2010
UNITED NATIONS, Geneva—Traditional values cannot be an excuse for violating human rights,” Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, the Executive Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, said today. But, she quickly added: “... Read more
20 October 2010
SARAJEVO, Bosnia and Herzegovina — Enisa grew up in Foca, a town in eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina, where she enjoyed carefree days as a child and young adult strolling by the Drina river. In the town, where people of... Read more
8 February 2010
NEW YORK — Nearly all young women in Azerbaijan (99 per cent) say they have experienced physical abuse. Nearly half (45 per cent) of young Turkish women believe that wife beating may be justified for reasons such as... Read more
5 March 2010
UNITED NATIONS, New York — People are critical agents of change in all cultures, who must be engaged to promote the rights of women and protect them from violence, said Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, Executive Director of UNFPA,... Read more


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