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1 July 2020
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Jasbeer Kaur and her adult daughters

Mother, rebel and role model: One woman stands firm against son preference

Rajasthan, India - “My stomach was huge, so I knew that I was carrying more than one child. What I didn’t know was that they were going to be all girls,” 58-year-old Jasbeer Kaur says, smiling at her... Read more

30 June 2020
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Shilpa Sunar talks with women in her community about COVID-19 and issues facing adolescent girls | Image: UNFPA Nepal

In Nepal, adolescent girls band together, showing communities ‘she counts’

Exposed to poverty, poor infrastructure and damaging notions that girls are less valuable than boys, many girls in rural Nepal accept these conditions as fate. But increasingly, others refuse to let... Read more

30 June 2020
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Youngsook Cho, Chair, International Solidarity Center of Korean Women's Associations United

Unsung heroes: How one generation of Korean feminists overthrew the deep-rooted preference for sons

Seoul, Republic of Korea - Youngsook Cho sits in the book-strewn top floor of a building dedicated to women’s rights. The six-story building in Seoul, the capital of the Republic of Korea, houses a... Read more

30 June 2020
Statement

State of World Population Report 2020: Against My Will

Statement by Dr. Natalia Kanem, UNFPA Executive Director Against my will: defying the practices that harm women and girls and undermine equality Imagine a girl. She’s 12 years old. She loves school.... Read more

30 June 2020
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Mentor and friend: Lali Adivasi (right) with Ramkali Adivasi (left)

Her stories: How girls in India are turning to education instead of child marriage

Many parents in India think child marriage is good for the whole family. They are influenced by economic pressures and social norms that place lower value on girls. But the reality is that child... Read more

30 June 2020
Press Release

Confronting the silent and endemic crisis of harmful practices 

Urgent, accelerated action needed to stop female genital mutilation, child marriage and other practices that harm women and girls: new UNFPA report  30 June 2020, NEW YORK / BANGKOK -- Every year,... Read more

30 June 2020
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A Youth Health Line counsellor provides guidance on health issues, including child marriage, to young people in Afghanistan | Image: Zaeem Abdul Rahman/UNFPA Afghanistan

Amidst poverty and conflict, an Afghan father shows his daughter she counts

Ghor Province, Afghanistan - Walking home from school one day in central Afghanistan’s Ghor province, 14-year-old Pari* noticed a strange man giving her an intrusive look. Frightened, she hurried... Read more

23 June 2020
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Meeting family planning needs in Nepal’s quarantine centres

KATHMANDU, Nepal – When Kabita Bhandari arrived at a COVID-19 quarantine centre in Baitadi District, in far-western Nepal, residents thought she was bringing food. They soon realized she was... Read more

19 June 2020
Statement

A Blight on Humanity’s Conscience

Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem on the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict   19 June 2020   Sexual violence in conflict is a threat to our... Read more

16 June 2020
Press Release

Australia and UNFPA strengthen COVID-19 response in Bangladesh

The Australian Government and UNFPA are supporting the Government of Bangladesh in strengthening the provision of life-saving services for women and girls.   Through the partnership, UNFPA has... Read more

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