31 October 2014 - Press Release

UNFPA Executive Director concludes Horn of Africa Mission with a pledge to scale up efforts on gender-based violence

UNITED NATIONS, New York, 31 October 2014 -- Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, today concluded a mission to the Horn of Africa with the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, and the World Bank President, Dr. Jim Kim. The mission visited Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia and Kenya to spotlight the issues that threaten the region’s security and development. more
31 October 2014 - Dispatch

When the fear follows: Women's centres help Syrian refugees cope

DEIR ALLA, Jordan – “All I know is that I needed help badly,” said Reem,* a 22-year-old mother of three. She is one of some 619,000 Syrian refugees who have been forced to cross the border into Jordan. Struggling to adjust to life far from home, she has received psychosocial support from a women’s centre in Deir Alla, Jordan, supported by UNFPA and the Institute for Family Health. more
28 October 2014 - Dispatch

Dignity kits meet hygiene needs of displaced women and girls in Iraq

DUHOK, Iraq – In crisis situations, the needs for shelter, food and security are rightly given urgent attention. Yet the specific needs of women and girls are too often overlooked. Some 1.8 million people are internally displaced in Iraq, and a total of 5.2 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance. Among them, women and girls have heightened needs – including a heightened need for protection from gender-based violence and special health and hygiene needs. more
24 October 2014 - Dispatch

New birthing facility provides culturally sensitive maternal care for indigenous women in the Philippines

SITIO GAWASAN, Philippines – The journey from Sitio Gawasan, on the Philippines island of Mindanao, to the nearest district health centre can take up to four hours – a trip few expectant mothers can afford to take. With UNFPA support, the local indigenous Arumanen community has built a culturally sensitive birthing centre, making safe delivery options more accessible than ever. more
21 October 2014 - Dispatch

The women of Amak: Justice for rural survivors of gender-based violence

BOSAWAS, Nicaragua – “He used to beat me every time he came home drunk,” said Elena Talavera, describing her husband, in the remote indigenous community of Amak, in Nicaragua. She was not alone in enduring frequent and brutal domestic violence. But a joint UN programme, supported by UNFPA, is helping women in this remote community access justice and security. more
20 October 2014 - Dispatch

Pregnant in the shadow of Ebola: Deteriorating health systems endanger women

MONROVIA, Liberia – Thirty-six year old Comfort Fayiah, in Monrovia, Liberia, never imagined her pregnancy would end the way it did – with her giving birth on the side of the road, in a heavy downpour, to twins. Throughout the three countries worst affected by the Ebola crisis, many women are refusing to seek care from health centres, and some overwhelmed, undersupplied health facilities are turning away those who arrive. more
19 October 2014 - Statement

UNFPA welcomes news of agreement on Chibok girls’ release

Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, welcomes news of a ceasefire agreement that is expected to lead to the release of the more than 200 girls who were kidnapped from the north-eastern Nigerian town of Chibok—the Chibok Girls. These girls have languished in captivity long enough, and it is high time they are returned to their families, communities and schools. more
16 October 2014 - Press Release

Ebola Wiping Out Gains in Safe Motherhood

UNITED NATIONS, New York — As the world intensifies its response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa, the needs of pregnant women must be addressed urgently to save the lives of mothers and infants, warns UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund. more
15 October 2014 - Dispatch

Child marriage takes a brutal toll on Syrian girls

DAMASCUS, Syria – “No girls want this life,” said Nour,* a 12-year-old girl from Aleppo, in Syria, who was married to a 30-year-old man earlier this year. “Teenage Syrian girls are being forced into early marriages to save their families.” Child marriage has long been a concern in parts of Syria. But since the conflict started three years ago, the numbers of child marriages have sharply increased. Many people are now displaced and living in cramped shelters. The majority of them are unemployed, and families are spending their meagre savings just to survive. more

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