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07 Sep 2018 description

Author: UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on Female Genital Mutilation

As the largest global programme addressing FGM, the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: Accelerating Change plays a critical role in achieving Target 5.3 which calls for the elimination of all harmful practices by 2030, under the Sustainable Development Goal 5. The main document analyses, "How to Transform a Social Norm," is a three-part reflection on Phase II (2014-2018).

07 Sep 2018 description

Author: UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on Female Genital Mutilation

How to "Transform a Social Norm" is a three-part reflection on Phase II (2014-2018) of the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on Female Genital Mutilation: Accelerating Change. It complements a more quantitative report, How to Transform a Social Norm, of this phase of the largest global programme on the abandonment of FGM, as called for in Target 5.3 of the Sustainable Development Goals.

06 Apr 2018 description

TANGULBEI, Kenya – The morning of 20 August began like any other for Lena Towai, 35. Ms. Towai was in the final days of pregnancy, eagerly awaiting the arrival of her seventh child. Only hours later, her world would be turned upside down: She would face an armed assault, flee into the wilderness, and give birth in the dark, assisted only by a neighbour with a gunshot wound.

Ms. Towai lives in a pastoral community in Tangulbei, in Kenya’s East Pokot County. Her husband was traveling with the family’s livestock, searching for pasture and water.

21 Mar 2018 description

They were lively and lovely, and they moved me close to tears. The Angolan teenaged girls I met told me about their dreams and the barriers they face to achieving what is simply normal elsewhere – finishing primary school, graduating from high school, protecting themselves from unplanned pregnancy and HIV, being safe from male aggression, living and loving in peace and harmony, and having a better future than their parents.

18 Dec 2017 description

KAKUMA, Kenya – Dalia Asinde was married 16 years ago in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She was 22 and in love, she said. But her husband soon became violent – and relentless. She lost count of the beatings, insults and torments he delivered.

"I would never wish for any woman to experience what I did," she told UNFPA.

The abuse continued for years. At the same time, their family grew. By the time she had seven children, she lived in constant fear for her life.

04 Dec 2017 description

KAKUMA, Kenya – Dalia Asinde was married 16 years ago in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She was 22 and in love, she said. But her husband soon became violent – and relentless. She lost count of the beatings, insults and torments he delivered.

"I would never wish for any woman to experience what I did," she told UNFPA.

The abuse continued for years. At the same time, their family grew. By the time she had seven children, she lived in constant fear for her life.

21 Sep 2017 description

This study reviews the laws, policies and related frameworks in 23 countries in East and Southern Africa that create either impediments to, or an enabling environment for, adolescent sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights (SRHR). The assessment resulted in the development of a harmonized regional legal framework, which translates international and regional legal provisions into useful strategies. It gives recommendations based on applicable core legal values and principles, gleaned from a range of conventions, charters, political commitments, guidelines and declarations.

20 Sep 2017 description

his report takes its inspiration from the United Nations Secretary-General’s Every Woman Every Child initiative, which calls for countries to do everything possible to protect the lives and futures of all women, children and adolescents. It follows the approach used for the

State of the World’s Midwifery 2014 report, but focuses on 21 of the 23 countries in the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) East and Southern Africa region.

17 Sep 2017 description

Companion booklet to the 2016 Annual Report of the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme to End Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: Accelerating Change

Foreword

Last year’s annual report for the UNFPAUNICEF Joint Programme on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) focused on the strategic and formal underpinnings of our work. It described the theory of change that guides interventions and the metrics by which we measure results. This year’s annual report provides two perspectives:

16 Sep 2017 description

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

As the largest global programme addressing FGM/C, the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: Accelerating Change plays a critical role in achieving Target 5.3 which calls for the elimination of all harmful practices by 2030, under the Sustainable Development Goal 5.

10 Apr 2017 description

By: Gift Malunga, UNFPA Deputy Representative & Officer in Charge and Marko Lesukat, UNFPA Humanitarian Specialist

In a humanitarian crisis saving life is more than just providing food, shelter and water. Life-saving services to safeguard women’s health and address gender-based violence are as essential as food, water and shelter and must be prioritized in humanitarian action. In line with the Grand Bargain reached at the World Humanitarian Summit in May 2016 the needs of the most vulnerable must be emphasized.

27 Jan 2017 description
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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

06 Oct 2015 description

KAKUMA, Kenya – Every once in a while, Joyce Dabor is jolted from sleep by memories of the day she was separated from her children. It was the day they finally escaped the bloody conflict in South Sudan.

Ms. Dabor was pregnant at the time, and a widow – her husband had been killed in the conflict. As her family was being evacuated to the Kakuma refugee camp, in northern Kenya, she lost sight of her two children.

It would be days before she saw them again.

Haunted by memories of the conflict

07 Sep 2015 description

MTWAPA, Kenya – Mtwapa, a town north-east of Mombasa in the direction of Malindi, is known for its night life. Here you will find non-stop parties, day and night. But as 24-year old paralegal Joshua Mwaega will tell you, beneath the partying lies abject poverty and heart-rending cases of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV).

07 Nov 2014 description

About 4.9 million people are in need humanitarian assistance in South Sudan, among them 1.5 million internally displaced persons (IDPs). An estimated 140,000 pregnancies have been projected each year. To date, UNFPA South Sudan has reached 2.8 million people with reproductive health services, 700,000 of them women of reproductive age.

06 Nov 2014 description

NAIROBI, Kenya – A new campaign highlighting the critical role of media in helping to end female genital mutilation (FGM) was launched in Kenya, Nairobi, last week. The campaign will engage global media outlets, particularly in Africa, on how to improve their coverage of the consequences of this practice on women and girls, their families and their communities. It will also encourage reporting on the communities’ efforts to abandon FGM and protect women’s and girls’ rights. The aim is to help end this practice within a generation.

01 Nov 2014 description

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.

25 Sep 2014 description

UNITED NATIONS, New York – Nancy Tomee resisted female genital mutilation (FGM) for seven long years, enduring bullying and abuse before a local organization intervened on her behalf. Yesterday, Ms. Tomee spoke to dignitaries at the United Nations Headquarters in New York about her efforts to empower other girls to stand up against FGM.

30 Aug 2014 description

UNITED NATIONS, New York – Key governors committed to take action to reduce Kenya’s high maternal death rate at a UNFPA-organized meeting held this week in Nairobi.

The event brought together over 200 officials to address Kenya’s persistently high rate of maternal mortality, which is among the highest in the world.

Estimates range from 360 deaths per 100,000 births, according to the 2013 State of the World Population report , to a staggering 488 deaths, according figures from the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics and the firm ICF Macro.