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Fully committed to the principles of the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness and the Accra Agenda for Action, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, has been adjusting its programmes and systems to individual country contexts – taking into account the changing development environment, and moving progressively towards processes that are nationally owned and led.

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Cover of Swimming Against the Tide: Lessons Learned from Field Research on Violence Against Women in the Solomon Islands and Kiribati

 This document is the result of an independent assessment, aimed at documenting the challenges faced and lessons learned in the process of carrying out the research in Solomon Islands and Kiribati.

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Cover of the Kiribati Family Health and Support Study

This report of the Kiribati Family Health and Support Study analyses data from the first ever nationally representative research on violence against women and related child abuse in Kiribati. 

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Cover of National Study on Domestic Violence against Women in Viet Nam 2010: summary report

In 2010, the National Study on Domestic Violence against Women in Viet Nam was undertaken as part of the United Nations - Government of Viet Nam Joint Programme on Gender Equality as a joint endeavour between the General Statistics Office. This report presents a summary of the findings of the National Study on Domestic Violence against women in Viet Nam.

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Cover of National Study on Domestic Violence against Women in Viet Nam 2010: full report

This National Study on Domestic Violence against Women in Viet Nam 2010 report is the first to provide nationally representative data focused on domestic violence in Viet Nam.

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On 31 October 2000, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security. UNSCR 1325 is a landmark legal and political document that obliges all actors involved in conflict and peace issues – the UN, government and non-state entities – to ensure the effective participation of women in decision-making pertaining to peace and security, and to provide the necessary physical and legal protections to them in conflict-affected settings. The year 2010 marks the 10th anniversary of this landmark resolution.

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Home to more than 60 per cent of the world’s population, Asia-Pacific is a culturally, economically and politically diverse region. Gender disparities persist in access to health, sexual and reproductive health and services, education, employment, and income. The outcomes are significantly worse for women and girls who are excluded due to a variety of factors – including age, economic status, education, ethnicity and sexual orientation. Moreover, gender-based violence remains a pernicious reality in the region, with rates of violence continue to remain high.
 

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Several UNFPA country offices in Asia and the Pacific have ongoing efforts designed to strengthen the capacities of health sectors to respond efficaciously to gender-based violence (GBV). While these initiatives present varying models, they have created a body of knowledge and experience that would benefit from regional assessment and sharing. 

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Over half a million women die each year due to complications during pregnancy and child birth. Forty-four percent of these women are from Asia and the Pacific. The vast majority of these deaths are preventable. At the Millennium Summit in 2000, states resolved to reduce maternal mortality by three quarters by the year 2015. This commitment is encapsulated in the Millennium Development Goals. Goal 5 is a commitment to improve maternal health: the reduction of maternal mortality is an outcome chosen to assess the progress in this regard. Halfway to the MDG target date, it is clear that many Asian and Pacific countries that were reviewed will not meet Goal 5 unless action is taken now.

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This brochure provides brief introduction of UNFPA in Asia and the Pacific (APRO), and its priorities – including safe motherhood, family planning, HIV prevention, adolescents’ health, women’s rights, and data for development – to support the attainment of the eight MDGs.

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