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Young people matter. They matter because an unprecedented 1.8 billion youth are alive today, and because they are the shapers and leaders of our global future. They matter because they have inherent human rights that must be fulfilled. Yet, in a world of adult concerns, young people are often overlooked. This tendency cries out for urgent correction, because it imperils youth as well as economies and societies at large. The largest global youth population in human history will have a profound effect on every aspect of our common future.

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The Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar (Government of Myanmar) conducted its most recent census in March/April 2014. This is more than 30 years after the last census in 1983. Censuses are the main source of demographic and socio-economic information in developing countries. 

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This joint study examines men’s attitudes and practices around gender inequality, son preference and intimate partner violence in India, and offers recommendations to effectively engage men and boys in efforts to advance gender equality.

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This document provides census managers with methods to strengthen the focus on gender in population and housing censuses and thereby improve the quality of census data. It covers every phase of a census undertaking, from planning to data analysis and dissemination, and describes how the gender dimension can be better represented at each stage.
 

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This 16-page booklet provides a snapshot of UNFPA’s achievements in Asia and the Pacific region in its areas of work, including Population Dynamics and Development, Improving Maternal Health, Family Planning, Women’s Rights and Empowerment, Promoting the Reproductive and Sexual Health of Young People, Advancing Effective Responses to HIV Infection, and Responding to Humanitarian Disasters and Conflicts.

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Over 400 key legal and policy documents from all Asia-Pacific countries were analysed for the report, making it the first systemic review on this topic in the region. Focus group discussions with young people were also undertaken to elicit their views and experiences in accessing sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and HIV services, including on issues such as age of consent, age and marriage requirements for services, and attitudes of service providers.

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The purpose of this resource is to: document and share programming and advocacy experience from across the Asia-Pacific region that can guide programming and advocacy efforts to respond effectively to HIV in the context of sex work.

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The country briefs highlight the child marriage practices in nine Southern Asian countries.
 
Child marriage is a violation of a girl’s rights. It seriously compromises the efforts to reduce gender-based violence, advance education, overcome poverty and improve health indicators.

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In many countries of the Asia-Pacific region sons are given greater value than daughters. To combat a preference for sons, policymakers need to understand the underlying motivations of parents, including fathers. ICRW, in collaboration with the Center for Research on Environment, Health and Population Activities (CREHPA) in Nepal and the Institute for Social Development Studies (ISDS) in Vietnam examined men’s attitudes and behaviors in each country around son preference, gender equality, masculinity, intimate partner violence (IPV) and laws and policies related to women’s reproductive rights.

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This report offers an updated review of the various facets, and the latest trends and differentials on sex selection in Asia. It includes a set of recommendations to combat gender discrimination and prenatal sex selection at the national and regional levels.

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