by Luay Shabaneh*
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.
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.
DONGGALA, Indonesia – “I am so scared. I can’t even describe it,” Ibu Fariati, 27, told UNFPA.
On 28 September, Ms. Fariati’s home collapsed in a 7.5-magnitude earthquake that, just 30 minutes later by some accounts, unleashed a 6-metre wall of water. The wave swept away Ms. Fariati’s home – and nearly 70,000 others.
Jamila Garad Ali, 23, is devastated; 11 women from just one rural Somali village, Tulo Ano, died of pregnancy-related causes during the first week of October alone. As a professional midwife who works in the closest facility in Guri’el, they came to her for help but it was too late.
“I have faced a real maternal mortality crisis. All the 11 mothers came seeking care from me but I couldn’t save them. They all died as a result of their complications, having reached professional care too late,” said Jamila, who works voluntarily for her community without pay.
Sana’a, 15 October 2018 – UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund is dispatching emergency supplies to assist communities affected by Tropical Cyclone Luban that hit Socotra island and coastal areas of south-east Yemen on Sunday.
In the last 24 hours, nearly 500 families were displaced to schools and other settlements due to Cyclone Luban. These numbers are expected to increase as meteorologists predict torrential rains and possible flooding and landslides.
ITOGON, Philippines – On 16 September, Ginalyn Franco awoke to a storm.
“The rains were so powerful that landslides started happening near our house,” she said. “We had no choice but to leave.”
With her grandmother and aunt, Ms. Franco, 24, raced up the mountainous Itogon terrain for three hours, braving treacherous rains, wind and mud before reaching safety at an evacuation centre.
She was nine months pregnant.
1. Women and Girls Protection Messaging
Message - Target
Women and children are vulnerable on their own Always stay with someone you trust. Always tell someone where you are going and when you will be back even you are familiar with the environment. Don’t leave the elderly, disabled or young children at home alone - Women & Girls
You or your children may be at risk of being hurt, exploited, or abused. Women and children can stay safe by staying with someone they trust. - Women & Girls
Scope of this referral pathway:
Only Gender-based violence i.e. sexual violence, physical violence, denial of resources and opportunities and emotional violence) will be covered under this referral pathway. Other general violence (communal fights, individual fights or violence) will be dealt with by the Libyan police service.
DOs and DON’Ts when you identify or hear GBV cases:
AL HASSAKEH, Syria – Ghalia*, 18, never went to school. There were none in her village. Instead, she worked in the fields alongside her sisters and father, despite his lifelong dream for the girls.
“My father always wished that I would get an education,” she said. “No one in my family is educated, which made him very sad.”
But that was before violence took hold of Syria.
Today is International Day of the Girl Child. There is much to celebrate - right around the world, more and more girls have more rights, more opportunities and a brighter future than ever before.
But for Rohingya girls, both in the refugee camps in Bangladesh and across the border in Myanmar, the future is anything but bright.
Stateless. Unwanted by their own country. Living in a foreign land where they don’t understand the language. Limited by a lack of education. Confined by the boundaries of the camps, and often the boundaries of their own homes.
Achievements: in August, the Protection sector reached a total of 180,849 individuals including 26,017 with general protection support, 82,644 with child protection services and 72,188 with Gender‐Based Violence (GBV) response across Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states. The assistance included 9,335 reached with livelihood support, 8,421 provided with protection‐based material kits including solar lanterns, hygiene items and energy‐efficient cooking sets, and 1,134 provided with legal documentation and 606 assisted with access to legal protection.
The Puntland State of Somalia continues to step up the fight against maternal and newborn deaths by carrying out high level advocacy events through the Campaign for Accelerated Reduction of Maternal Mortality in Africa (CARMMA).
Somalia has one of the highest lifetime risk of maternal deaths in the world, with women facing a one in 22 lifetime risk of maternal death. The maternal mortality ratio is estimated at 732 deaths per 100,000 live births.
The conflict in Syria has created one of the most severe and protracted humanitarian crises in the world today. Millions have been displaced both inside the country and outside as refugees, especially in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. The crisis continues to devastate the country and shows few signs of letting up in the near future.
Even in these circumstances, UNFPA believes that every Syrian woman, adolescent girl and child has the right to reproductive health and protection from gender-based violence.
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.
4,201 patients received at the clinic in the month of September.
42 referrals to the hospitals in Jordan in the month of September.
45% of secondary and tertiary referrals were for obstetrics & gynaecology.
Erbil, Iraq; 5 October 2018 – The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Iraq congratulates the Yazidi Kurdish human rights activist, Nadia Murad, who was awarded the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.
Nadia is a survivor of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) perpetuated by ISIL. Through her strength and bravery, she has become the voice of women suffering from sexual violence in conflict (SVC).
Harare, Zimbabwe, 4 October, 2018—As Zimbabwe battles a cholera outbreak, UNFPA, the United Populations Fund, is providing dignity kits to women and girls in the affected areas and supporting cholera prevention initiatives to reduce its spread.
The current outbreak, declared an emergency by the government on September 11, has claimed the lives of 25 people. A total of 6643 suspected cases, 98 confirmed cases and 48 deaths have been reported to date.