A year after the 2005 earthquake in Pakistan, many women received much better reproductive health care as a result of efforts by UNFPA and its partners to restore service.


Women suffered severely during Nepal's civil war and an uncertain peace has not ended their insecurity. A UN call for women's protection during war and their full involvement in peace-building remains largely unrealized.


About 500,000 women affected by the floods in Pakistan are pregnant and require medical help.


Sunila Abeysekara, an award-winning human rights campaigner, talks about the impact of conflicts on women and girls at the regional launch of the State of World Population 2010 report in Bangkok.


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.