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Family planning is widely practised in Asia, but it remains controversial in the Philippines. The Congress there is debating a bill that would make contraceptives available to people who can't afford them. The Catholic Church opposes the measure. Supporters however say it would save lives and give poor women more options, like the chance to go to school instead of having more babies.


UNFPA commemorated World AIDS Day in Vavuniya district and engaged the youth to take the lead in raising awareness about HIV/AIDS. Photo: Revati Chawla. Video: Thusandra Vijaynathan


Gender-based violence is a serious problem globally. In Viet Nam, according to the National Study on Domestic Violence against Women, one in three or 34 per cent of ever-married women report that they have suffered physical or sexual violence from their husbands at some time in their lives. The study findings also show that women are three times more likely to be abused by a husband than by any other person.


Civil society groups in the Philippines are working to change attitudes perpetuating violence against women. Their campaigns have proven effective in bringing issues out into the open, especially in engaging men to prevent gender-based abuses. Video: UNFPA Philippines


At the age of 33, Maritess Gural delivered her baby under unsafe conditions in the wake of killer typhoon Ondoy in late 2009. Assisted only by a traditional birth attendant, called hilot, before a team of health workers came to her aid, Marites laboured in a cramped evacuation centre. Video: UNFPA Philippines


Nepal has developed an action plan to support women and girls affected by civil conflict, and to involve women in peacebuilding, as urged by the UN Security Council in Resolutions 1325 and 1820.


UNFPA campaigns against gender-based violence in Maldives. Video: UNFPA Maldives


This video presents the stories of five independent women from Maldives: Aishath, an artist; Zareena, a yam grower, Shakeeba, a taxi driver; Amira, a religious leader; and Aminath, an office worker. Video: UNFPA Maldives and Thirees Nuvaeh.


This video shows a dialogue between two babies who exchange stories about their young parents and their situation. Video: UNFPA Philippines


This video tells the stories of three people living with HIV and on how they positively respond to the challenges they face. Video: UNFPA Philippines