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Gender equality key to ending dangerous and discriminatory practices

UNITED NATIONS, New York – “Culture should not push us aside, but put us at the centre,” said Betty Naisenya Lolgisoi, a Kenyan activist, at a panel on eliminating practices that are harmful to women and girls, held…

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Brushes and blushes: Livelihood skills help Syrian refugee escape child marriage

CHOUEIFAT, Lebanon – When Hiam, a 13-year-old Syrian refugee living in Lebanon, learned her parents wanted her to marry a complete stranger, she felt helpless. But she saw a way out after hearing of a UNFPA-supported…

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Reproductive rights realized for too few women and girls

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. This was the central…

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Advancing the rights of adolescent girls creates ‘virtuous cycle’, say global leaders

UNITED NATIONS, New York/GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala – “We know that when we invest in young people, especially adolescent girls, we are making one of the smartest investments countries can make,” said Dr. Babatunde…

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Procurement Plan 2015

Procurement Plan for 2015.

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This International Women’s Day marks 20 years of progress

UNITED NATIONS, New York – “I already heard in the past that women and men are equal,” said Firuza Sirojeva, a schoolgirl in Tajikistan, after attending a workshop on women’s rights. “But here, at the training, I…

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Flooding in the Balkans leaves stagnant water, hygiene needs

SKOPJE/MOGILA, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia – When heavy storms hit the southern Balkans in late January, the village of Mogila “became like Venice,” according to 70-year-old resident Vele Nedelkovski. “The…

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Going the last mile to provide family planning in Lao People's Democratic Republic

VIENTIANE, Lao People's Democratic Republic – “If only my wife and I knew early enough about family planning and could access services, we would have had four children – not 14, as we did,” said Bounthone…

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Slashing Haiti’s maternal and infant death rates, one delivery at a time

NEW YORK/PORT-AU-PRINCE – “I love everything about being a mother,” said Loilobies, a pregnant woman in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Yet to become a mother, she and other women in the country assume unacceptably large risks:…

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