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Child Marriage in Humanitarian Settings in South Asia

Technical Reports and Document

The extent to which humanitarian settings impact child marriage practices and the processes through which they may modify its drivers are not fully understood. In an effort to establish an evidence base for child marriage in humanitarian settings, generally, and for South Asia, in particular, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Asia and the Pacific Regional Office (APRO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Regional Office for South Asia (ROSA) partnered with the Women's Refugee Commission and the Center for Humanitarian Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health to conduct two country studies on child marriage in humanitarian settings in Bangladesh and Nepal.

This report combines the findings from research with conflict-affected Rohingya refugees from Myanmar residing in Bangladesh, and earthquake-affected communities in Nepal. The findings analyse similarities and differences across the contexts, in order to learn about these two settings and also to understand what might be generalized to child marriage in humanitarian settings more broadly.

The hope is that the findings from these studies will inform programme interventions in these settings and provide insight into child marriage in humanitarian contexts.

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Social Policies Catalogue on Population Ageing

Publication

The Social Policies Catalogue on Population Ageing seeks to systematically identify and collate available social policies on population ageing on a global scale. 

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Sources of violence against women data diagram

Sources of Violence Against Women Data - kNOwVAWdata

Fact Sheet

Overview of different violence against women data sources

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UNFPA India COVID-19 Situation Report #9 (August 2020)

Technical Reports and Document

UNFPA India is supporting three pillars of the UN framework for the immediate socio-economic response to COVID-19: Health First; Protecting People; and Social Cohesion and Community Resilience.

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UNFPA Pakistan COVID-19 Situation Report #4 (July - September 2020)

Technical Reports and Document

UNFPA in Pakistan continues to support Government and civil society efforts to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, with a focus on the needs of women, girls and young persons. Our latest Situation Report (July - September 2020). 

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National Study on Violence Against Women in Viet Nam (2019)

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The National Study on Violence Against Women (2019) conducted in Viet Nam has yielded a comprehensive and updated picture of violence against women, one that the Government and partners are determined to address all the more effectively going forward, to build on progress made in recent years.

The study shows that nearly two in three married women (almost 63 per cent) have experienced one or more forms of physical, sexual, emotional and economic violence and controlling behaviours by their husbands in their lifetime, and almost 32 per cent in the last 12 months.  

Viet Nam is the only country in the world so far which has conducted a second dedicated study specifically using a cross-culturally validated methodology developed by the World Health Organization.

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Guidance on Estimating Resource Requirements for a Minimum Package of Services

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This important manual provides guidance on estimating resource requirements for the UN Essential Services Package for Women and Girls Subject to Violence. The manual focuses on two essential services and one essential action across three sectors: initial contact, safe accommodation and the creation of a formal structure for the coordination and governance of co-ordination at local and national levels. 

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Child Marriage and Other Harmful Practices

Publication

This study looks at the different forms that child marriage takes in South Asia and further looks at how these variations in child marriage practices are linked to other harmful practices. 

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COVID-19 Situation Report No. 5 for UNFPA Asia and Pacific

Situation Report

Regional Situation

  • With over 600,000 confirmed cases, India continues to see a rapid rise and has the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the region. Iran, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Indonesia continue to experience increase in new cases.
  • Maldives has the highest number of COVID-19 cases per million population in the Asia Pacific region, although new cases are now decreasing.
  • In countries with fragile health systems, refugees and displaced populations are extremely vulnerable. More than 46 cases have been confirmed in the overcrowded Rohingya refugee camps of Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh.
  • Countries in the region are responding to natural disasters in addition to the pandemic, including India, Bangladesh, Philippines, Indonesia, Vanuatu and Timor-Leste.

UNFPA Response Highlights

  • At least 68,655 youth have received support through youth health lines in Afghanistan (15,300), Bangladesh (4,642), India (19,640), Lao PDR (25,000) and Nepal (4,073). 
  • 46,515 women and adolescent girls have received dignity kits in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste, Maldives, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Pakistan and in the Pacific. The majority of kits have been customised for the COVID-19 context with additional protective items and information on available GBV services. 
  • At least 15 country offices and the Pacific Sub-regional Office (PSRO) are investing in GBV capacity building of health and social workers, case managers, counsellors, social mobilisers and/or Government staff.

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UNFPA Pakistan - COVID-19 Situation Report 3

Situation Report

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, UNFPA Pakistan has developed a comprehensive Strategic Response Framework aligned with UNFPA’s global strategy and WHO’s Operational Planning Guidelines. UNFPA’s response strategy has two main pillars: health system strengthening and community empowerment, including gender-centred interventions. Read UNFPA Pakistan's latest Situation Report for more information.

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