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ILOILO, Philippines - "I was shocked when I found out I was pregnant," said Gina*, now 19. At the time, she was a third-year high school student in Iloilo, a central province of the Philippines, and already six months into the pregnancy. "I'm happy and sad I gave birth because it's been hard," she told UNFPA.
I am happy to learn of today's release of some of the girls who had been abducted by insurgents in Dapchi, Nigeria. Like their families and community, I am deeply concerned about their physical and emotional well-being after their ordeal. UNFPA remains committed to working with the Government ...

UNITED NATIONS, New York/KHANKE and DOHUK, Iraq - "I was sold more than once," Resalah* told UNFPA. A member of the Yazidi minority, she was abducted by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS or Da'esh), traded as property and subjected to relentless abuse. ... workers
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 ... Southern Africa
UNFPA is working with health systems to improve access to family planning, even in remote areas. In the last four years, UNFPA has provided family planning, family planning and maternal and reproductive health commodities worth over $12 million in Myanmar, and has invested $2.5 million into a ... women
"UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, notes with regret the determination by the United States of America to withhold funds from UNFPA for the second consecutive year. This unfortunate decision will impede UNFPA's crucial work to protect the health and lives of hundreds of millions of women ...

Durame, ETHIOPIA - Genet Girma, 31, was a trailblazer in her community. Fifteen years ago, she ran away from home when she learned that her mother planned to have her undergo female genital mutilation (FGM). As in many other communities in Ethiopia, FGM is deep-rooted in the Kembatta ...
Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat from New Hampshire, also pressed the point, saying that she has seen no evidence that UNFPA had made funds available to any organization or program that supports or participates in coercive abortion or involuntary sterilization, which is the standard required for the ...
In mid-February, humanitarian advocate, writer and actor Ashley Judd travelled to Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh to meet Rohingya refugees who have escaped violence in Myanmar's Rakhine State. There, she visited UNFPA-supported clinics and women-friendly spaces. Below are excerpts from diaries ...
"We met a lot of people who were pregnant," said Ameera Ahmad, a UNFPA gender officer who visited Tal Refaat and the surrounding areas. During its mission, UNFPA - the first United Nations agency to reach these communities - delivered 2,000 dignity kits, which contain sanitary napkins, ... women
This year, for Valentine's Day, UNFPA is calling on the world to prioritize ending child marriage. Below are five little-known facts about child marriage. Better awareness of the problem, its pervasiveness across the world, and its consequences, may help leaders – as well as young people themselves – end ... women
Every woman has the right to decide whether or when she will become pregnant, and the right to give birth safely and live free from violence. Yet every day, millions of women and girls whose lives have been upended by wars, conflicts or natural disasters are denied these rights. When we speak of leaving ... women
As people flee their homes, escaping armed conflict in northern Myanmar, UNFPA is working to meet the immediate hygiene and protection needs of the displaced women and girls. Working with partner International Rescue Committee, UNFPA reached six camps in Mansi, Kachin and in Namkhan, ... women
UNFPA is now working with partners to distribute hygiene kits, containing essential sanitation supplies, as well as winterization kits, containing warm clothes, in South Raqqa in the coming weeks. UNFPA's presence and response has been enabled by the Emergency Fund, which provided the initial ... women
“One of the biggest impediments in addressing GBV is the stigma women and girls face when talking about it, and the unwillingness of communities to even acknowledge its existence,” explained Dr Bannet Ndyanabangi, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Representative in Afghanistan. “We aim ... women
UNFPA launched an emergency response, deploying humanitarian workers and mobile clinics to provide essential reproductive health care. “At the start of any crisis, it is critical to ensure that women, girls and other vulnerable groups have access to sexual and reproductive health care, including the ... women
They participated in UNFPA-supported information sessions, which introduced them to ideas about human rights – including women's and girls' right to live free of abuse and violence. They learned about the importance of respect and communication. Today, they say they want other men and boys to know ... women

ERBIL, Iraq – “As humanitarians, we have a collective responsibility to prevent and safely respond to sexual abuse and exploitation in Iraq,” said Jennifer Emond, a UNFPA specialist on the subject, during a training programme in Iraq. Risk of sexual exploitation and abuse escalate during times of crisis. women
But even then, Lily did not rest. She was appointed coordinator of the Severely Affected Population Central Committee, a group of flood survivors. She helped perform an assessment of survivors' needs, and helped organize the distribution of aid and other services – including UNFPA-supported protection ... women
AMMAN, Jordan – “I don't want more kids and I'm afraid to get pregnant,” said Fatima*, a 37-year-old Syrian refugee and mother of six, at a UNFPA-supported clinic in Jordan's capital, Amman. But for years she was not able to use contraception. Her husband feared, incorrectly, it would lead to infertility. women
2 January 2018 - Amman, Jordan/Erbil, Iraq: The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Iraq and Generations For Peace have launched a new partnership to support transformational leadership training for youth leaders from six cities in Iraq. The partnership is UNFPA's first-ever support to ... women
SHEIKH MAQSOUD, Syria – Two mobile reproductive health teams have been deployed to the Sheikh Maqsoud area of Aleppo following the arrival of a UNFPA and Syrian Arab Red Crescent mission on 28 December, the first time a UN agency has entered the area with aid for distribution. There are an ... women
Amman, Jan. 1 (Petra) -- The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Iraq and Generations For Peace have (GFP) launched a new partnership to support transformational leadership training for youth leaders from six cities in Iraq. The partnership is UNFPA's first-ever support to GFP. This collaboration aims at training ... women
To address this need, UNFPA, the Ministry of Health, Imbuto Foundation and other partners recently released Mobile for Reproductive Health – or M4RH – an interactive messaging system that reaches mobile phone users with information about puberty, preventing sexually transmitted infections and ... women
Accra, Dec. 20, GNA - The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has highlighted the importance of harnessing the powers of religious and traditional leaders in communities to achieve national development and successes of some critical health interventions. Mr Niyi Ojuolape, the UNFPA's Country ... women
“For the first nine years of marriage, my husband was kind and loving,” she told UNFPA. “We used to go out, laugh together and do activities as a couple. However, our life turned upside down after we had a falling-out with his brother.” Fatima's brother-in-law wanted her and her husband to vacate the house ... women
Baghdad, Iraq, 18 December 2017 - On Sunday 17th of December, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Iraq under the auspices of Dr. Salim Al-Juburi, Speaker of the Iraqi Parliament and in collaboration with the General Secretariat of the Iraqi Council of Ministers, the local Directorate of NGOs, ... women
Dr. Natalia Kanem, the executive director of the United Nations Population Fund, in her office in Manhattan. ... of the world's most deprived places, said the Homs anecdote helped to illustrate how the United Nations Population Fund, an agency known as UNFPA, does far more than its name might suggest. women
The next day – which was his birthday – Abdul fled with his family, making the harrowing journey to an evacuation centre in the neighbouring municipality of Baloi. He travelled through Lake Lanao on a small boat packed with people. “I was scared that the boat would sink,” Abdul told UNFPA. “Others had ... women
Mogadishu, 11 December 2017 – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Italian Republic, via the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation, is making a contribution of 3 million Euros towards the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)'s new Country Programme for ... women
They confront overwhelming needs. People are arriving after marching for days through hills, across rivers and along the coastline. Many have experienced unimaginable grief. “The outside wounds are healing, but the inside wound will always be raw,” one woman told UNFPA in the Balukhali settlement. women
No fewer than 16 million Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) benefited from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in the outgoing year, the UN agency said yesterday. The assistance, according to UNFPA's Media Associate in Nigeria Ms. Kori Habib, was given in collaboration with the Borno State ... women
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Iraq and its partners were at the forefront to assist pregnant women and girls in West Anbar as part of its rapid response to emergencies. To meet the needs of women and girls, UNFPA supported its partner, the United Iraqi Medical Society (UIMS) to deploy ... women
AMMAN — The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) on Tuesday launched its strategy to address the needs of adolescent girls in the Whole of Syria (WoS), with the aim of strengthening and expanding the existing programmes targeting the needs of Syrian refugee girls. The strategy, launched in ... women
Indonesia poised to expand global role in family planning: UNFPA executive Demography talks: UNFPA executive director Natalia Kanem (right), Partners in Population and Development (PPD) executive director Joe Thomas (second right), National Population and Family Planning (BKKBN) principal ... women
Responding to violence against women in development and humanitarian settings is a priority for UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund. Yet, gender-based violence is a problem everywhere, every day, not just in crises. One in three women globally have experienced violence at some point in their ... women
The reproductive-rights decision with perhaps the greatest consequences beyond the US was the administration's withdrawal of its financial support to the United Nations Population Fund. The UNFPA supports reproductive health in developing countries and in emergency situations. Trump invoked a ... women
“He hit me so hard he broke my teeth and nose,” she told UNFPA. Violence against women and girls is the most pervasive human rights abuse in the world, affecting every country and community. One in three women will experience some form of abuse in her lifetime. Since October, millions of women in ... women
Erbil, Iraq, 19 November 2017 – In the aftermath of the powerful earthquake that struck the Iraq-Iran border last Sunday evening, the office of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Iraq scaled up its emergency intervention. The 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck the border region between Iraq and ... women
We must support the urgent work of the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), the U.N. agency working to meet the sexual and reproductive health ... women
UNITED NATIONS, New York, 9 November 2017-- UNFPA, the United Nations Populations Fund, is concerned about the effects of the total ... women
But five years ago, she joined a government-led initiative, supported by UNFPA, that aimed to educate women in far-flung communities about ... women
“Our society does not accept to get pregnant out of wedlock,” she explained recently to UNFPA. “I was going out with a young man who was 20 ... women
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) globally launched the state of world population report on October 17 and today, November 1, the ... women
According to a 2008 survey by UNFPA, nearly a quarter of Azerbaijani women reported experiencing some form of violence, yet fewer than 1 ... women
... a new report by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) finds. According the UNFPA, women in the bottom part of the economic ladder ... women
... threaten economies, communities and nations, says The State of World Population 2017, UNFPA's flagship report, released today. Yet these ... women
They decided to work with the government's Women and Children Office and UNFPA to provide dignity kits to displaced women and girls. women
Shares of Cupid rose more than 11 percent in the early trade on Monday on order wins from UNFPA. The company has received a new order from United National Population Fund (UNFPA) to supply female condoms for the first time to Malawi, Africa worth Rs 1.36 crore. The company had reported 11 ... women
ERBIL, Iraq – In the aftermath of the powerful earthquake that struck the Iraq-Iran border on 12 November, UNFPA has scaled up its emergency response to meet the needs of women and girls. The 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck the border region between Iraq and the Islamic Republic of Iran, 30 km ... women


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