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UNFPA Asia-Pacific Region COVID-19 Situation Report: January - May 2021

Situation Report

As the COVID-19 scenario worsens in several countries across Asia-Pacific, UNFPA's lifesaving services for women and girls are more crucial than ever. Here's how we've been responding to the crisis in our region in the first half of 2021. 

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Innovations for Equality ©UNFPA/Learson

Innovations for Equality

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In a rapidly changing world, UNFPA needs dynamic solutions to meet the needs of women and girls and deliver sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) for all. We must embrace innovation to deliver on our three transformative results to end preventable maternal deaths, end unmet need for family planning, and end violence gender-based violence and all harmful practices, including female genital mutilation and child, early, and forced marriage. The UNFPA Innovation Fund has investments under four innovation thematic priorities—digital health, SRH commodities, data, and innovative finance.

 

 

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Summary Report: Evaluation of the kNOwVAWdata Initiative - Phase 1

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Demand for data on the prevalence of violence against women (VAW) is increasing as countries monitor their progress towards meeting Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5 for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment and other commitments such as the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). Yet, due to limited technical capacities, data on VAW prevalence are often unavailable, underused or collected in unethical, unreliable, and incomparable ways.

To address this void in ethical, reliable, and comparable VAW prevalence data across Asia and the Pacific, the kNOwVAWdata Initiative was launched in 2016 by UNFPA Asia and the Pacific Regional Office (APRO) with financial support from the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). With University of Melbourne and Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) as key partners, the kNOwVAWdata Initiative aimed to improve the availability and quality of data to inform more effective policy and programme responses to end VAW.

This report provides a summary of the evaluation of the kNOwVAWdata Initiative - Phase I.

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kNOwVAWdata Phase I Report

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Violence against women is recognized as a global public policy priority. Yet, despite growing awareness of the causes and consequences of violence against women, limited high-quality, actionable data on its prevalence exist. This gap is largely due to countries’ inadequate technical capacities to measure violence against women prevalence, meaning they rely on international experts, of whom there are not enough to meet the current and growing needs.

Collecting quality data on violence against women through special surveys is crucial if we want to understand and end this scourge. Doing so is challenging. To address this void in ethical, reliable and comparable violence against women prevalence data across Asia and the Pacific, the kNOwVAWdata Initiative was launched by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Asia and the Pacific Regional Office. The first phase of kNOwVAWdata operated from mid-2016 to March 2021.

This report provides the results of Phase 1 of the kNOwVAWdata initiative. 

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Policy Brief: Quality Midwifery Education needs to address Minimum Global Standards

Technical Reports and Document

This policy brief highlights the importance of educating and training midwives according to global midwifery standards. It provides a summary of critical evidence on midwifery education standards, including the duration of pre-service programmes, suggested allocation between theory and practice components, and summarises key evidence on why quality midwifery pre-service education according to global standards provides one of the most cost effective pathways to reducing preventable maternal, newborn mortality and stillbirths.   

The document was developed by the UNFPA Asia-Pacific Regional Office (APRO) with support from our partners at the Burnet Institute.

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My Body is My Body, My Life is My Life: Sexual and reproductive health and rights of young people in Asia and the Pacific

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This review provides an update to the 2015 report highlighting the current status of young people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and examines key SRHR priorities in Asia and the Pacific to support informed policy, programming and advocacy. 

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My Body is My Own: State of World Population Report 2021

State of World Population Report

Nearly half of women in 57 developing countries are denied the right to decide whether to have sex with their partners, use contraception or seek health care, according to UNFPA's 2021 flagship State of World Population report.

 

For the first time, a United Nations report focuses on bodily autonomy: the power and agency to make choices about your body, without fear of violence or having someone else decide for you. This lack of bodily autonomy has massive implications beyond the profound harms to individual women and girls: potentially depressing economic productivity, undercutting skills, and resulting in extra costs to health care and judicial systems.

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Baseline Study on the Use of Evidence in the UNFPA-UNICEF Global Programme to Accelerate Action to End Child Marriage in South Asia

Technical Reports and Document

This study aims to establish a baseline on the use of evidence in the design, delivery, advocacy, monitoring and evaluation of Phase II (2020-2023) of the Global Programme to End Child Marriage (GPECM) in South Asia. The study was conducted in Bangladesh, India and Nepal.

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Essential Services Package for Women and Girls Subject to Violence | Module 7

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This is the 7th module under the multi-agency Essential Services Package for Women and Girls Subject to Violence. This module focuses on Guidance on Estimating Resource Requirements for a Minimum Package of Services. 

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COVID-19 and Violence against Women: The evidence behind the talk

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Big data analysis shows that Internet searches related to violence against women and help-seeking rose significantly during COVID-19 lockdowns in eight Asian countries, buttressing evidence of the particular dangers faced by women confined to homes or restricted in their movements. In response, government and private service providers should boost their online reach and engagement with survivors of violence.

 

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