Today, more than 100 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, the highest number recorded since the end of World War II; natural disasters now affect around 200 million people per year.
A quarter of this 100 million estimate are women and girls between 15 to 46 years old (reproductive age), whose very survival require specificity of approach; pregnancies and childbirths adding to their vulnerabilities.
Female genital mutilation (FGM) comprises all procedures involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. FGM is widely practiced in 29 African countries and in some countries in Asia, the Middle East and Latin America and it is estimated that more than three million girls, the majority under 15 years of age, undergo the procedure every year. Between 130 million and 140 million girls and women throughout the world have already undergone FGM.
UNITED NATIONS, New York, 10 March 2016 – Concerned by reports of the Zika virus spreading through sexual contact, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, strongly urges governments and all other partners to provide information and access to voluntary family planning, including condoms. These services enable women to make informed decisions about their reproductive health, and all individuals to protect themselves from infection.
NUEVA YORK, 8 marzo 2016- Una nueva iniciativa apoyada por varios países acelerará las actuaciones para terminar con el matrimonio infantil, con el objetivo de proteger los derechos de millones de las niñas más vulnerables del mundo. Así lo han afirmado UNICEF y el Fondo de Población de las Naciones Unidas (UNFPA, por sus siglas en inglés) con motivo del Día Internacional de la Mujer.
New York, Bruxelles, le 8 mars 2016 -/- Lors de la Journée mondiale de la femmes, le Fonds des Nations unies pour l’Enfance et le Fonds pour la Population ont annoncé une nouvelle initiative internationale pour accélérer la lutte contre les mariages précoces et protéger ainsi les droits de millions de filles parmi les plus vulnérables au monde.
Joint press release
NEW YORK, 8 March 2016 – A new multi-country initiative to accelerate action to end child marriage will help protect the rights of millions of the world’s most vulnerable girls, UNICEF and UNFPA said on International Women’s Day.
For millions of women and girls around the world, gender equality and the full enjoyment of human rights remain elusive.
For instance, nearly 14 million children are forced into marriage every year; that is 37,000 girls being denied their fundamental human rights every single day! Every day, 7.3 million babies in developing countries are born to mothers who are 17 or younger. One in three women is subject to gender-based violence, and 200 million women and girls alive today have undergone female genital mutilation.
L’égalité des sexes et la pleine jouissance de leurs droits fondamentaux continuent d’échapper à des millions de femmes et de filles partout dans le monde.
This report lays out by country significant pieces of work that contribute to ending child marriage in eight countries of South Asia.
It starts with an overview of major regional initiatives, and then it covers government, UN and civil society/NGO initiatives by country. A final matrix identifies key strategies per initiative. A number of policies, key studies, and national plans are included as well for a better understanding of the legal foundation of child marriage and adolescent empowerment work.
NABATIEH, Lebanon – In late 2013, Haneen, now 14, fled Syria with her parents and 10 siblings. As her family made its way to the Turkish border, her father sustained injuries that left him paralyzed. Fearing he could no longer feed his 11 children or protect his daughters, he married Haneen, then 13, off to a middle-aged Turkish man. The family didn’t even know his name.
“When we left Syria, we had nothing to eat. We ate hunger, and we used to hear about kidnapping and rape all the time,” said Haneen’s father. “I thought Haneen would be safe if she got married.”
Following the World Health Organization's declaration of the recent cluster of microcephaly cases as a global health emergency due to its strongly suspected link to the mosquito-borne Zika virus, the United Nations Population Fund has called for intensified efforts to ensure access to reproductive health services of those potentially affected by the infection.
Declaración del Director Ejecutivo de UNFPA, el Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, y el Director Ejecutivo de UNICEF, Anthony Lake, para el Día Internacional de la Tolerancia Cero con la Mutilación Genital Femenina 2016.
Ciudad de México, 05 de febrero 2016 - La Mutilación Genital Femenina es una práctica violenta que marca a niñas y adolescentes para toda la vida, poniendo en peligro su salud, privándolas de sus derechos y negándoles la posibilidad de alcanzar su pleno potencial.
Déclaration du Directeur exécutif de l'UNFPA, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, et du Directeur général de l'UNICEF, Anthony Lake, à l'occasion de la Journée internationale 2016 de tolérance zéro à l'égard des mutilations génitales féminines Les mutilations génitales féminines (MGF) constituent une pratique violente qui marque les filles pour la vie - mettant en danger leur santé, les privant de leurs droits et leur refusant la chance d'atteindre pleinement leur potentiel. Les MGF sont répandues.
This guidance note was developed by the GBV Sub-Cluster (GBV SC) Turkey (cross-border operations in Syria) to support best practice and facilitate a standardized but context-specific approach to the development and distribution of dignity kits. Guidance is based on input from, and experiences of, GBV Sub-Cluster members (Turkey cross-border) as well as UNFPA Dignity Kit Programming Guidelines 2012.
Statement by UNFPA Executive Director, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, and UNICEF Executive Director, Anthony Lake, on the 2016 International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a violent practice, scarring girls for life -- endangering their health, depriving them of their rights, and denying them the chance to reach their full potential.
Report warns refugee women on the move in Europe are at risk of sexual and gender-based violence
Press Releases, 20 January 2016
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Regional H4+ Joint Statement for ending preventable newborn, child and maternal mortality was released by the Regional Directors of the six H4+ agencies: WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, World Bank, UNAIDS and UN WOMEN in Dec 2015.
This regional collaborative mechanism will play an important role during the implementation of the UNSG’s Global Strategy for women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health during the SDG phase in Member States of South-East Asia Region. This would directly contribute to target 17 ‘Enhance the global partnership for sustainable development’ under the SDG-3.
The United Nations Joint Global Programme on Essential Services for Women and Girls Subject to Violence, a partnership by UN Women, UNFPA, WHO, UNDP and UNODC, aims to provide greater access to a coordinated set of essential and quality multi-sectoral services for all women and girls who have experienced gender based violence.