UNITED NATIONS, New York/BEIRUT, Lebanon – “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.
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.”
Key facts, figures and examples of how we support actions to better mitigate the risks of disasters and support humanitarian response work that is underpinned by UNFPA’s unique mandate encompassing sexual and reproductive health, gender equality, population data and youth empowerment.
Joint message from UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin and UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, 6 February 2017
It irreparably damages girls’ bodies, inflicting excruciating pain. It causes extreme emotional trauma that can last a lifetime.
It increases the risk of deadly complications during pregnancy, labor and childbirth, endangering both mother and child.
It robs girls of their autonomy and violates their human rights.
Today more than 75 per cent of people affected by humanitarian crises are women and children. And adolescents aged 10-19 years constitute a significant proportion of the population in many conflict and post-conflict settings.
In response to today’s humanitarian challenges, UNFPA continues to provide life-saving services to prevent and respond to gender-based violence and provide information, services and supplies for sexual and reproductive health as we work with partners to carry forward commitments made at the World Humanitarian Summit.
An estimated 1 million women live with obstetric fistula, a devastating consequence of prolonged obstructed labor, and thousands of new case develop each year. Life-restoring treatment for women with fistula is available at the health facilities on this map
Message du Directeur Régional
Les politiciens, les dirigeants et les parties prenantes d’Afrique de l’Ouest et du Centre sont clairs. Nous devons faire passer les jeunes d’abord si nous vou- lons maîtriser le dividende démographique, établir la résilience et transformer notre région pour réaliser les objectifs de développement durable et l’Afrique que nous voulons.
Message from the Regional Director
Politicians, leaders and stakeholders across West and Central Africa are clear. We must put young people first if we are to harness the demographic dividend, build resilience and transform our region to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and the Africa We Want.
Since the EU-Turkey Agreement came into effect in March of 2016, over 60,000 refugees and migrants remain stranded in Greece. Over half of refugees and migrants entering Greece between January and June of 2016 were women and children, with women comprising 22% of the total number of new arrivals.' Many of these women are pregnant, have infants or young children, are heads of households, or are single women traveling on their own to reunite with family members in other countries.
Statement of UNFPA Executive Director, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, on Human Rights Day, 10 December 2016
OUR global village is in the middle of the 16 Days of Activism for the Elimination of All Forms of Violence against Women and Girls, a campaign period focused on promoting zero tolerance for this societal scourge.
Since 1991, the international campaign has been one of the most unifying action in this human rights issue with more than 3700 organisations in more than 160 countries actively participating annually in the campaign
Youth engagement in decision making key to a Youth, Peace and Security agenda for the Arab Region
Statement by Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November 2016
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) via its Asia-Pacific Regional Office is congratulating participants at the just-concluded Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction for issuing the Delhi Declaration that reiterates a regional blueprint going forward, as well as the expanded Asia Regional Plan for Implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030.
Excellencies, distinguished delegates, ladies and gentlemen: Good morning.
I am truly pleased to be with you today in representation of Dr Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA, as Asia-Pacific countries map out a regional strategy aimed at reducing disaster risk.
It is our hope that this Conference will build on the principles and objectives agreed upon in the World Conference held in Sendai last March.
Cuando una niña cumple 10 años, todo su mundo cambia.
Un aluvión de acontecimientos transformadores la empujan en múltiples direcciones, y su destino dependerá del apoyo que reciba y el poder que tenga para decidir su futuro.
En algunas partes del mundo, una niña de 10 años —en el umbral de la adolescencia— ve ante ella un horizonte de infinitas posibilidades y comienza a tomar decisiones que influirán en su educación y, más adelante, en su trabajo y su vida.
Lorsqu’une fille atteint l’âge de dix ans, son monde change.
Une foule d’événements viennent bouleverser sa vie et la tiraillent de toutes parts. Jusqu’où ira-t-elle ? La réponse à cette question dépendra du soutien qu’elle recevra et de sa capacité à dessiner son propre avenir.
Dans certaines régions du monde, une fille de dix ans, à l’aube de son adolescence, voit des possibilités infinies s’ouvrir à elle et commence à faire des choix qui influenceront son éducation et, plus tard, sa vie personnelle et professionnelle.
10: How our future depends on a girl at this decisive age
By Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin
Take a moment to imagine a 10-year-old girl right now. What do you see? Is she in school? Is she laughing with friends? Do you imagine her riding a bike or playing ball? On roller skates or en pointe in ballet class? With her nose in a book or her eyes on a chess board?
UNITED NATIONS, New York/COTONOU, Benin – A coalition of reproductive health organizations is sounding the alarm over the unmet contraceptive needs of hundreds of millions of people. Lack of funding for contraceptives is placing millions of women’s lives at risk.
In many developing countries, donor funding is required to make contraceptives available. Yet funding for these life-saving commodities has persistently fallen short.
For Pacific island nations and her people, the evolving climatic realities now heavily influenced by a much warmer planet than we found it, is a stark reminder that at the end of the day, the human race shares one earth.