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12 Nov 2018 description

UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, responds to emergencies in some of the world’s poorest countries, delivering lifesaving sexual and reproductive health supplies and services to protect the rights, safety and dignity of women and young people affected by crises. In 2017, UNFPA reached 16 million people in 58 countries with humanitarian assistance, including 10.8 million people reached with sexual and reproductive health services and 3.9 million people reached with gender-based violence (GBV) services. In the last decade, UNFPA’s humanitarian activities have grown exponentially.

01 Nov 2018 description

UNITED NATIONS, New York – Fifteen per cent of the world’s population lives with a disability, and nearly 200 million are between the ages of 10 and 24. Yet they are often invisible in government statistics.

Girls and boys with disabilities are largely excluded from education and health services, discriminated against in their communities and trapped in a cycle of poverty and violence.

01 Nov 2018 description

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa—“Sexual assault and embarrassment are the risks that adolescent girls face when dealing with menstruation hygiene in emergency settings, due to the lack of separation between male and female sanitation facilities.”

"Our governments should start viewing us as an asset and not a liability.” - Palesa Lefojane, United Nations Youth Advisory Panel member, Lesotho.

25 Oct 2018 description

This report reviews the last year of Phase II, 2017, which contributed to averting 119,127 maternal deaths since 2008. It provides an overview of Phase II as a whole and concludes with lessons learned and a look forward to Phase III, which started in 2018, guided by a business plan available here.

24 Oct 2018 description

UNFPA-UNICEF GLOBAL PROGRAMME TO ACCELERATE ACTION TO END CHILD MARRIAGE

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20 Oct 2018 description

A strategy meeting on the Horn of Africa and Yemen was held by UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, in Addis Ababa on 13 and 14 October to develop a framework and action plan to guide the Fund’s work and partnerships in the region.

Forced displacement, family separation, and lack of basic protection mechanisms and essential services put women and girls at risk of sexual violence in particular. Together with high fertility rates, this scenario is putting pressure on limited resources and negatively impacting the future of youth.

17 Oct 2018 description

UNITED NATIONS, New York – Across the world, choices are restricted for too many women, says UNFPA’s flagship report, The State of World Population 2018, released today.

17 Oct 2018 description
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La transición mundial de altas a bajas tasas de fecundidad

Hasta hace poco tiempo, la mayoría de las familias eran numerosas, con un promedio de cinco niños. Si bien antes existía una sola tasa de fecundidad mundial, hoy existen múltiples tasas, y las diferencias entre ellas son abismales.

17 Oct 2018 description
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The State of World Population 2018

The power to choose the number, timing and spacing of children can bolster economic and social development, new UNFPA report shows

08 Oct 2018 description

UNITED NATIONS, New York – Women and girls make up nearly half of the 258 million people worldwide who have crossed international borders to escape danger or pursue opportunity.

Amidst unprecedented levels of forced displacement – with 68.5 million people driven from their homes by the end of 2017 – about half of refugees, too, are women and girls.

01 Oct 2018 description

UNITED NATIONS, New York – In the wake of the migration crisis and other humanitarian emergencies across the world, women and girls are experiencing unconscionable trauma. Gender-based violence – including child marriage and forced pregnancy – exploitation, and trafficking often escalate during conflict, threatening the lives and well-being of women and girls in all regions.

14 Sep 2018 description

The iCAN Package was designed after an information gap on sexuality and sexual and reproductive health issues among young people living with HIV was identified. The iCAN Participant’s Workbook aims to help address the challenges facing young people across East and Southern Africa.

11 Sep 2018 description

The Real-Time Accountability Partnership (RTAP) convenes key humanitarian agencies to work toward system-wide accountability for genderbased violence (GBV) prevention and response in emergencies. Our goal as a partnership is that all actors prioritize and coordinate GBV response services and integrate GBV prevention across sectors from the outset of an emergency.

10 Sep 2018 description

Child marriage can have devastating consequences for girls and their future children. Typically, it cuts short or ends a girl’s education, compromises her reproductive rights, sexual health, future employment and earnings, and perpetuates personal and community poverty. Globally, more than one in four girls are married as children – before the age of 18. In East and Southern Africa, the share is 36 per cent, and 10 per cent of girls in the region are married by age 15.

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.

05 Sep 2018 description
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Accelerating and Amplifying Change
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Accelerating and Amplifying Change

2017 Annual Report for the UNFPA-UNICEF Global Programme to Accelerate Action to End Child Marriage

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Trends in child marriage

Over the past decade, child marriage has continued to decline.
Globally, the proportion of young women who were married as children decreased by 15 per cent, from 1 in 4 to about 1 in 5.