News on Human rights

12 February 2016
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UNITED NATIONS, New York/Beirut, Lebanon – Standing several inches shy of her middle-aged groom’s shoulder, the 12-year-old bride, outfitted in a child-size white wedding gown and veil, stiffly clutches a small bouquet... Read more
5 February 2016
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NABATIEH, Lebanon – In late 2013, Haneen, now 14, fled Syria with her parents and 10 siblings. As her family made its way to the Turkish border, her father sustained injuries that left him paralyzed. Fearing he could no... Read more
25 September 2015
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The 17 Sustainable Development Goals are projected onto the United Nations building ahead of the Sustainable Development Summit. © UN Photo/Cia Pak
UNITED NATIONS, New York – World leaders today unanimously adopted a historic set of global goals on eliminating poverty, achieving gender equality, and securing health and well-being for all people, at the opening of... Read more
1 June 2015
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Much of the world is poised to reap a demographic dividend. But to do this, countries must invest in young people. Students in Cotonou, Benin. © UNFPA Benin/Ollivier Girard
UNITED NATIONS, New York – Young people are increasingly recognized as critical actors in matters of global importance. "I place great hope in their power to shape our future,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-... Read more
6 May 2015
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This family has lost two children to abductions by Boko Haram – an 18-year-old girl and a 6-year-old boy. Their home was also burned to the ground by the insurgents. They are now living in a displacement camp in Adamawa State. © UNICEF/NYHQ2015-0636/Rich
ABUJA, Nigeria – Hundreds of women and children held by the militant group Boko Haram have been rescued by the Nigerian army in recent weeks. UNFPA is providing support to the freed women and girls in Borno and Adamawa... Read more
17 April 2015
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A new mother attends a culturally sensitive counselling session at the Jose Domingo De Obaldia Hospital in David, Panama. © UNFPA/Guadalupe Valdes
UNITED NATIONS, New York/PANAMA CITY, Panama – Health leaders from around the world convened at United Nations Headquarters, in New York, on Wednesday to highlight the need to ensure human rights are integrated into... Read more
11 March 2015
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A doctor discusses family planning issues with women at the UNFPA-supported Mchinji Hospital in Malawi. © UNFPA/Pirilani Semu-Banda
UNITED NATIONS, New York – For 20 years, the international community has agreed that reproductive rights are critical to global development. Yet these rights remain tragically unfulfilled for millions of women and girls... Read more
18 November 2014
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UNITED NATIONS, New York – “Never before have there been so many young people – never again is there likely to be such potential for economic and social progress,” Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, UNFPA’s Executive Director,... Read more
22 September 2014
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UNITED NATIONS, New York – “We cannot talk about sustainable development without addressing women’s empowerment, gender inequality, and discrimination and violence,” said UNFPA’s Executive Director, Dr. Babatunde... Read more
19 August 2014
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LVIV, Ukraine - Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced by the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine. Many are women with children, like Ketevan, a young woman whose recent displacement from Artemivsk, a city... Read more

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