19 October 2014 - Dispatch

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
14 October 2014 - Dispatch

Sierra Leone's contact tracers work to curtail Ebola outbreak

KAILAHUN/NEW YORK – As Ebola infections continue to escalate at an alarming rate in West Africa, UNFPA-trained contact tracers in Sierra Leone are playing a vital role in mitigating the public health crisis. Rapid identification, isolation and care by health workers using strict infection control measures could curtail the outbreak. more
13 October 2014 - Dispatch

Displaced Iraqi women, youth receive psychosocial support

DUHOK, Iraq – Sixteen-year-old Nada* was already struggling to care for her family when her community was attacked by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS). She is among the 1.8 million Iraqis displaced since the beginning of the year. Ensuring the dignity and protection of affected women and young people remains a priority for UNFPA, which is supporting a variety of services, including psychosocial support, for those affected. more
10 October 2014 - Statement

UNFPA statement on the Nobel Peace Prize announcement

UNFPA warmly welcomes the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to Malala Yousafzai, which acknowledges Malala’s struggle to promote the rights of young girls, particularly to education. more
09 October 2014 - Dispatch

Empowerment programmes help girls break free of violence

HARARE, Zimbabwe – Fourteen-year-old Shamiso Nyamutamba has endured more than her share of tragedy. When she was three, her mother died. Two years later, her father also passed away. She went to live with an abusive uncle, and was nearly forced to marry an older man. Today, in commemoration of the International Day of the Girl Child, UNFPA highlights how Shami broke free of violence and became an advocate for girls like herself. more
09 October 2014 - Statement

Empowering Adolescent Girls: Ending the Cycle of Violence

Today on the International Day of the Girl Child, I join every person around the world who believes that adolescent girls should live free of violence and discrimination. We are guided by the international human rights to which every human being is rightfully entitled. Every girl, no matter where she is born, should have a chance to reach her potential. more
03 October 2014 - Dispatch

Youth activists help adolescents beat the odds in remote Vanuatu

FIJI, South Pacific – When Bobby Shing’s grandmother died in 2001, it was a turning point. The musician from Aneityum, one of the most remote islands of Vanuatu, was just a child at the time, but he had already fallen into substance abuse. The loss of his grandmother made him realize he wanted to do more with his life. Now 23 years old, he runs a UNFPA-supported music programme that reaches out to vulnerable young people. more

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