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Preventing Son Preference and Undervaluing of Girls in Asia Pacific

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This regional brief provides an overview of the status of gender-biased sex selection in the Asia Pacific region, with a focus on the consequences of sex selection, challenges and promising practices to address son preference and gender-biased sex selection in affected countries, and recommended interventions to address this harmful practice.

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Annual Report 2019

Annual Report

Here is a look back at what we did in our region last year, as we sought to advance the Programme of Action stemming from the landmark 1994 International Conference on Population and Development, or ICPD - the revolutionary framework that marked its 25th anniversary in 2019, whose vision of rights and choices for all complements and contributes to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals.

As our Annual Report makes abundantly clear, we simply will not achieve the SDGs without achieving ICPD. And we simply cannot address the challenges of COVID-19 across the life-cycle spectrum without pushing all the more to achieve our transformative results.

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COVID-19: A Gender Lens

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Disease outbreaks affect women and men differently, and pandemics make existing inequalities for women and girls and discrimination of other marginalized groups such as persons with disabilities and those in extreme poverty, worse. This needs to be considered, given the different impacts surrounding detection and access to treatment for women and men.

Women represent 70 percent of the health and social sector workforce globally and special attention should be given to how their work environment may expose them to discrimination, as well as thinking about their sexual and reproductive health and psychosocial needs as frontline health workers.

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Kiribati Social Development Indicator Survey 2018-19

Kiribati Social Development Indicator Survey 2018-19

Technical Reports and Document

The Kiribati Social Development Indicators Survey 2018/19 collected data on domestic violence (DV) by including a series of questions that were developed for the domestic violence module of the Demographic and Health Surveys. The objective of the domestic violence module is to measure the prevalence of physical, sexual and emotional violence against women and girls who are, or ever were, married or even who are, or ever have been, living with a man in an intimate relationship. The module also measures the prevalence of physical or sexual violence by perpetrators who are not spouses or cohabiting partners among women, regardless if they have or have not ever been married, since they were 15 years of age. See page 375 for data on domestic violence in Kiribati.

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Harnessing The Potential Demographic Dividend in Timor-Leste Through Increased Family Planning Use

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Timor-Leste is at a critical stage of its economic and social development path: the country aims “to transition from a low income to an upper-middle-income country by 2030, with a healthy, well-educated and safe population”. Investing in voluntary and rights-based modern family planning services provision is one of the smartest decisions that Governments can take. In this Policy Brief, we illustrate the effects that higher modern contraceptive prevalence rates (together with overall improvements in other key indicators for education and economic growth) would have on health, population and the economy of Timor-Leste, through the realisation of the country’s demographic dividend.

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Cover of Sample curriculum: kNOwVAWdata Course on the Measurement of Violence against Women

Sample curriculum: kNOwVAWdata Course on the Measurement of Violence against Women

Technical Reports and Document

This is a sample curriculum for a 4-Week instructional course for capacity building to measure the prevalence of violence against women and improve data literacy.

 

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Gender Counts: South Asia

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Gender Counts, a new, first-of-its-kind review, utilizes quantitative data to provide a comprehensive profile of how gender inequality impacts girls and boys, in the low and middle-income countries in Asia-Pacific. This report focuses on South Asia. The reports describe the effects of gender inequality in the domains of health, education and transition to employment, protection and safe environment. The review identifies data gaps for children and adolescents; provides recommendations for priority gender indicators; and calls for investments in data collection, research and action, to better understand and address the key drivers of gender inequality in the region. 

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Gender Counts: East and Southeast Asia

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This review utilizes national-level quantitative data to provide a comprehensive profile of how gender inequality impacts girls and boys, in low and middle-income countries in East Asia and Southeast Asia. This report describes the effects of gender inequality in the domains of health, education and transition to employment, protection and safe environment. The review identifies key data and knowledge gaps relating to gender inequality for children and adolescents provides recommendations for priority gender indicators, and calls for investments in data collection, additional research and action to address the key drivers of gender inequality in the region.

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Gender Counts: Pacific

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This review utilizes national-level quantitative data to provide a comprehensive profile of how gender inequality impacts girls and boys, in low and middle income countries in the Pacific. This report describes the effects of gender inequality in the domains of health, education and transition to employment, protection and safe environment. The review identifies key data and knowledge gaps relating to gender inequality for children and adolescents, provides recommendations for priority gender indicators, and calls for investments in data collection, additional research and action to address the key drivers of gender inequality in the region.

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Ending Child Marriage in South Asia

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Child marriage and its drivers are complex and vary within and across countries. Child marriage may be arranged or adolescents themselves may decide to marry before their 18th birthday. It may be a way to unite families, perceived as necessary to secure a girl’s future and safety, a way to protect a girl’s innocence and reputation, and exemplify a boy’s manliness and readiness for adult responsibilities. Whether by choice or coercion, marrying as a child can result in health concerns, remove children from their protective environment, deter them from getting an education, and force them into adult roles such as looking after a household, raising a family, and entering into the labour force.

This report reviews recent evidence on child marriage in South Asia, including the influence of gender norms, economics and societal expectations on child marriage, as well as the relationship between child marriage and health, education, violence and policies and laws. The synthesis of the latest evidence and implications for programming is crucial in ensuring effective programme interventions.

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