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‘Keeping the Promise’: UN Secretary-General Releases his MDG Report

UNITED NATIONS — UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon presented his report, entitled Keeping the Promise, and in his remarks called for the adoption of a global action agenda for accelerating progress towards the Millennium…

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UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador Yuko Arimori Promotes Gender Equality on International Women's Day

TOKYO —Yuko Arimori, UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador and an Olympic medallist promoted UNFPA work during events on 8 March to mark International Women’s Day at a United Nations public symposium in Tokyo, Japan.

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Engaging Men and Boys as Partners in Creating Gender Equality

UNITED NATIONS — Because men wield much of social, political and economic power in many poor and developing countries, achieving gender equality and reducing violence against women will demand their active participation…

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Sadness and Optimism Mark International Women's Day Celebration in Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE — “There was sadness, but also songs of joy and a strong commitment to rebuild Haiti,” said Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, Executive Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, after attending an…

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20/20 Vision: Mobilizing for Women’s Rights and Eliminating Violence against Women

NEW YORK — The Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP) – an organization established after the Beijing Conference, 15 years ago – met on March 5 at the New School in New York to celebrate and to discuss ways for mobilizing…

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Work with Agents of Change to Promote Women’s Rights, Says UNFPA

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,…

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Six UN Agencies Call for Intensified Efforts to Help Adolescent Girls

NEW YORK —  Adolescent girls have often been missing in policy and programming. Yet many believe that their well-being the key to eliminating poverty, achieving social justice, stabilizing the population, and preventing…

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54th Commission on the Status of Women Opening Calls for Action on Gender Equality

UNITED NATIONS –  At the opening of the 54th Commission on the Status of Women, Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro cited the need to move from commitments to action on gender equality. In an afternoon high-level…

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Recruiting Ethnic Minority Midwives to Meet Mothers' Needs in Remote Areas of Viet Nam

HA GIANG TOWN, Viet Nam — Long distances, poor roads, poverty and traditional customs for dealing with pregnancy and delivery are factors that lead to many home deliveries in this mountainous region. As a way to protect…

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