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The Sky's the Limit for Aasmani Chaudhary, a Local Hero to Indigenous Women in Nepal

UNITED NATIONS — Until 2000, the Tharu people of western Nepal were legally bonded as servants to upper caste landowners, who forced them to farm land stolen from their Tharu ancestors.

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Assessing the Situation of Women in Gaza

GAZA, Occupied Palestinian Territory –Emergency situations compound the vulnerability of pregnant women, as an assessment of reproductive health services during the recent crisis here revealed.

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Secretary-General Calls Attention to Scourge of Sexual Violence in DRC

GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) — A recent visit by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to the Heal Africa hospital here called attention to the plight of thousands of women and girls who have survived brutal…

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Fistula Survivors Ready to Return to Their Communities

MONROVIA, Liberia – Seventeen survivors of a disabling injury of childbearing are now ready to return to their communities, having undergone successful surgery, followed by counselling and skills training through the…

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UNFPA and the Government of Tanzania Launch the Preparations for the Country's 2012 Population and Housing Census

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania – Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, Executive Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, today joined the Vice-President of Tanzania, Ali Mohamed Shein, in launching preparations for the country’s…

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Graça Machel addresses UNFPA Africa Regional Planning Meeting

Johannesburg — Conflicts in Africa are diverting much needed resources from crucial development tasks, Graça Machel, a champion for women and children, said in her keynote address this morning to the Africa regional…

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Ending Violence Against Women

In Guatemala, women are mutilated and murdered with impunity. In India, the physical and psychological effects of assaults, burns, battery and rape wreak havoc on women’s development and endanger their lives. In…

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Looking Out for the Needs of Women During the Protracted Crisis in Gaza

Gaza, Occupied Palestinian Territory — The fighting in Gaza has ended, for the most part. But tens of thousands of Palestinians remain homeless, crammed into shelters or homes of friends or families, with little food or…

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A Heartfelt Thanks to Friends Who Have Never Failed Us

United Nations  – The staff of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, was elated, relieved and encouraged by U.S. President Barack Obama’s decision last Friday to restore funding to the organization.  The entire…

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