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Raped, Told To Marry Her Rapist!

Raped, Told To Marry Her Rapist!

When a 14-year-old girl was impregnated by a herder in her village, much to the chagrin of her community her parents married her off to the herder. The girl was still in primary school, yet community members were unable to stop the marriage taking place in their village of Mafeteng, 77 kilometers from Lesotho’s capital […]

Joint UN Statement on International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Joint UN Statement on International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

  Statement by the Heads of UN agencies, UNDP, UNICEF, UN Women and UNFPA, calling for solidarity with survivors and survivor advocates and women’s human rights defenders who are working to prevent and end violence against women and girls. To commemorate this year’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the Secretary-General’s UNiTE Campaign is calling […]

UNFPA Brings French Surgeons To Treat 150 VVF Cases, Train Nigerian Doctors

UNFPA Brings French Surgeons To Treat 150 VVF Cases, Train Nigerian Doctors

 The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is assisting the technical expertise of Nigerian physicians in the repairs of damaged fistula. The organisation has brought three renowned urologists from France to treat women with damaged fistula, or suffering from vesico-vaginal fistula (VVF), and also train Nigerian physicians on the repairs of damaged fistula. The three French […]

UNMISS Transports Fistula-Affected Women To Bentiu For Treatment

UNMISS Transports Fistula-Affected Women To Bentiu For Treatment

A woman in Bentiu receives post-surgical care. UNFPA, UNMISS and partners are currently helping women receive treatment for fistulas. Rebecca Simon spent 18 years without a single child. She traveled to Kenya, Uganda and Sudan, but was unable to find a doctor who could treat her condition. Now, after having been airlifted by the United […]

School Ban On Expectant Teens ‘Skewed’ Against Girls’ Education

School Ban On Expectant Teens ‘Skewed’ Against Girls’ Education

Burundi’s ban on pregnant girls and expectant teen fathers attending school is not only a violation against children’s right to education, but also unfairly discriminates against girls, campaigners said on Wednesday. The ministry of education in Burundi last week issued a directive to provincial authorities saying pregnant teens and young mums, as well as the […]

Creating Solace Centre For Women Amidst Violence In South Sudan

Creating Solace Centre For Women Amidst Violence In South Sudan

 Violence against women is epidemic in South Sudan. Ann*, 16, was kidnapped on her way home from school, then raped repeatedly during five days of captivity. Talia*, was battered and tortured for years by her husband, who ultimately threatened to kill her. Tragically, stories like theirs are all too common in South Sudan. Though comprehensive […]

UNFPA Begins Project To Improve Sexual Reproductive Health

UNFPA Begins Project To Improve Sexual Reproductive Health

Sexual Reprodu ctive Health and Rights Services, a three-year project that focuses on building resilience through universal access to sexual reproductive health in Somali state, was officially launched last week. The 3.3 million USD project is jointly financed by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Government of Denmark. Speaking on a press conference, […]

Zero Tolerance For Female Genital Mutilation

Zero Tolerance For Female Genital Mutilation

MORE than 200 million women around the world have experienced some kind of female genital mutilation (FGM) and more could be at risk, a UN agency said. Though the practice has declined in prevalence globally, alarming new figures from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) predict that any progress could be off-set as a further […]

Female Genital Mutilation Has Declined In South-East – UNFPA

Female Genital Mutilation Has Declined In South-East – UNFPA

   The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) have jointly declared that the prevalence of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) within the South-east region of Nigeria and other places around the world has declined by nearly a quarter (25 per cent) since year 2000. This stemmed from UNICEF’s joint efforts […]

UNFPA Donates Consignment Of Contraceptives

UNFPA Donates Consignment Of Contraceptives

 The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has donated contraceptives worth over N$7 million for the country’s public health facilities. The contraceptives are long-term and include 60,000 units of DMPA depo-provera and soloshots syringes, 110,000 units of noristerate and soloshots syringes, 5,000 units of Copper T 380A IUDs, 1,100 units of Jadelle implants, 200,000 units of […]

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