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At two-year mark, Yemen’s conflict takes heavy toll on women and girls


A displaced woman from Taizz receives a dignity kit containing hygiene supplies and other basic items. © UNFPA Yemen

SANA’A, Yemen – On 26 March 2015, the conflict in Yemen dramatically escalated. Two years later, it has become one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world. 

Thursday, March 23, 2017 7:50:26 AM

Girls in crisis settings overlooked for life-saving care, say health advocates


A community leader makes his way to the tent of a pregnant 14-year-old former child bride. “I am worried about the delivery,” said the girl’s father. © UNFPA/David Brunetti

“To be pregnant in the middle of a humanitarian setting is already a dangerous situation, but for girls aged 15 to 19 the risk of pregnancy-related death is already twice as high than for somebody in their twenties. For girls aged 10 to 14, the risk is five times higher,” said Kesaya Baba, from the Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights, at a meeting held during the United Nations 61st Commission on the Status of Women, in New York.

Friday, March 17, 2017 5:02:08 PM

Efforts to end FGM must be intensified, leaders urge


Shaimaa Ahmed Ali teaches members of her community about the harms of female genital mutilation (FGM). © UNFPA Egypt/Sima Diab

UNITED NATIONS, New York/ASSIUT, Egypt – “I will soon be the happy mother of a baby girl,” Shaimaa Ahmed Ali told UNFPA in Egypt last summer. “I will definitely not have her circumcised. My husband and I agree on that. She will grow up to be a strong and healthy girl!”

Friday, March 17, 2017 11:25:14 AM

Sex selection leads to dangerous gender imbalance; new programme to tackle root causes


Son preference has led to skewed gender ratios in many Asian and Eastern European countries. The Dedalamazishvili family, in Georgia, participates in a documentary photography project raising awareness of the value of girls. © Dina Oganova for UNFPA Georgia

UNITED NATIONS, New York – “I’ve been a priest for 25 years. During this time, I’ve met a lot of families ready to terminate their pregnancy just because of expecting a girl,” said Giorgi Ugrekhelidze, a religious leader in Georgia. “In most cases, men push their wives to make this decision.”

A widespread preference for sons has resulted in severely skewed sex ratios in Georgia. For every 100 girls born in the country, 108 boys are born, according to data by expert Christophe Guilmoto, published in 2015. 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 3:44:36 PM

Women’s needs take back seat under threat of dzud in Mongolia


Women in remote areas have limited access to sexual and reproductive health care. © UNFPA Mongolia/Bayartsogt Shagdarsuren

DORNOD/KHENTII, Mongolia – Mongolia was struck by harsh conditions this winter, raising risks for pastoral and nomadic communities. An estimated 165,000 people were affected, according to the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Mongolia. The situation has caused particular concern for women and girls, who are experiencing limited access to sexual and reproductive health supplies and care and increased vulnerability to gender-based violence.

Friday, March 10, 2017 11:57:46 AM

Ninety per cent of Sri Lankan women endure sexual harassment on public transport, UNFPA study shows


Sexual harassment is rampant on Sri Lanka's public transport system, with far-reaching effects on their jobs, educations and lives.  © UNFPA Sri Lanka

UNITED NATIONS, New York/COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – Ninety per cent of women in Sri Lanka have endured sexual harassment while taking public transport, a new study commissioned by UNFPA has found.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017 11:10:56 AM

Joy amid uncertainty: Syrian women enter motherhood in displacement


Fatima and Rasha are visited by a UNFPA coordinator after the birth of their daughters. The babies were born on the same day. © UNFPA Syria

DAMASCUS, Syria – Fatima and Rasha welcomed new children into the world on the same day – an experience that would be completely unremarkable if not for their circumstances. Both women are living in uncertainty after fleeing the conflict in northern Syria, part of a wave of displacements that continues to grow.

Monday, March 06, 2017 2:55:18 PM

Four women’s rights activists you need to know


For International Women's Day, UNFPA is celebrating four activists who are blazing a trail for women. Images from left to right courtesy of Tanzila Khan, Deli Barroso, the NGO Atina and Arthur Nazaryan/Delphin Films.

UNITED NATIONS, New York – Today, despite decades of activism and promises, women remain disadvantaged in almost every realm – from the workplace and home to the highest levels of business and government.

Friday, March 03, 2017 4:33:53 PM

Pregnancy complications take one woman from island paradise to nightmare at sea


Aisha Tiro Bahero nearly died from pregnancy-related complications at her home on a tropical island off the coast of Kenya. © UNFPA/Douglas Waudo

LAMU, Keyna – Aisha Tiro Bahero, 30, knows what it means to stare death in the face. Three years ago, while pregnant with her fifth child, she began to haemorrhage dangerously. “I couldn’t stop the bleeding. No one could,” she said.

But there were no health facilities on the idyllic tropical island where she lived – Kiwayuu, part of the Lamu Archipelago off the northern coast of Kenya. The nearest hospital was an hour away by motorboat, over wild ocean waves.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 4:01:23 PM

Online course helps aid workers help women and girls


A women's meeting in South Sudan. A free online course is helping aid workers improve safety and services for women and girls. © UNFPA South Sudan/Harriet Adong

UNITED NATIONS, New York – An online course for humanitarians is raising new awareness about women’s needs and vulnerabilities in emergency-affected communities around the world.

“It acted as an eye opener, and it made me realize that gender-based violence can happen to anybody,” said Rebecca Oketch of Fortress of Hope, a girls’ rights organization in Kenya.  “Now I treat survivors with dignity and respect rather than victim-blaming.”

Friday, February 24, 2017 3:23:25 PM


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