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Violence against women and girls is one of the most prevalent human rights violations in the world. Worldwide, an estimated one in three women will experience physical or sexual abuse in her lifetime.

Gender-based violence undermines the health, dignity, security and autonomy of its victims, yet it remains shrouded in a culture of silence.

UNFPA is one of the UN's lead agencies working to further gender equality and women’s empowerment, and to address the physical and emotional consequences of gender-based violence. UNFPA’s programmes offer psychosocial assistance, medical treatment and rape kits to survivors, and promote the right of all women and girls to live free of violence and abuse.

Crisis settings – affecting many Arab countries today - generally increase women’s vulnerability and makes them more likely to become victims of gender-based violence.  

Here is a quick fact sheet on gender-based violence in Yemen and UNFPA’s response. 

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A new health facility and new women and girls safe spaces started providing services in two hard to reach communities in Idleb, Syria.

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Against the rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation, the threat of famine and the urgent need for resources, a High-Level Pledging Conference for the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen was convened in Geneva on 25 April 2017. International donors pledged nearly $1.1 billion to help scale up life-saving aid to millions of people in need. Pledges were made by 48 Member States, the European Commission, the Central Emergency Response Fund and four NGO/humanitarian organizations. The top ten countries pledging included: United Kingdom, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, European Commission, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, United States, Japan, Germany, Sweden, and Canada.

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According to the IOM Displacement Tracking Matrix, 369,000 individuals had been displaced from West Mosul between 25 February to 23 April 2017. Departures continue to surpass arrivals at camps east of Mosul. Between 19 and 20 April, 161 families (801 individuals) arrived, mainly from west Mosul, while 281 families (1,452 individuals) departed, primarily to east Mosul. Families fleeing from west Mosul cited continuous insecurity, including in liberated areas, which are frequently targeted by mortar rounds. Lack of food, water and basic services were other reasons contributing to their flight

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In the past week, 331,140 people were recorded to have been living in displacement from the East and the West parts of the city of Mosul since 17 October 2016. During the period between 25 February and 16 April, a total of 323,000 individuals were displaced from West Mosul. According to OCHA, as many as 500,000 people remain in ISIL-controlled districts in western Mosul, including 400,000 people that are in the densely populated old city of Mosul. Humanitarian partners are working around-the clock to expand emergency sites and camps to shelter the hundreds of thousands more who may flee in coming days and weeks.

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Displacements continue to increase in northern Syria, with over 68,000 recorded in February alone. Women and girls living in displacement require reproductive health care, including not only services during pregnancy and childbirth, but also treatment of infections, counselling on family planning and sexually transmitted infections, and referrals to specialized health care. UNFPA and ECHO, with local NGOs, are working to meet these needs in the Hama and Al Hassakeh areas.

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On 8 February, the United Nations and humanitarian partners launched the 2017 Humanitarian Response Plan with an international appeal for US$2.1 billion to provide life-saving assistance to 12 million people in Yemen in 2017. This is the largest consolidated humanitarian appeal for Yemen to be ever launched. UNFPA as part of this Plan has appealed for $22.1 million to meet the urgent sexual and reproductive health needs and prevent and respond to gender-based violence.

 

 

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Since military operations in western Mosul began on 19 February, approximately 8,000 people have fled from western Mosul and its surrounding villages to locations south of Mosul city. People arriving at these locations are often exhausted and dehydrated. Emergency kits of food and water have been distributed to 8,800 people in camps and emergency sites, in addition to distributions to displaced people moving to these locations. 

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UNFPA Jordan resumed providing services to Syrians stranded in the no-man’s land “the berm” between the Jordanian and Syrian borders, after months of disruption of services due to security reasons UNFPA Jordan with working with a local implementing partner established a new reproductive health clinic at the berm to serve more than 70,000 Syrian people living in dismal conditions. Meanwhile UNFPA Syria delivered 170,600 reproductive health and GBV services to the crisis-affected people across the country 

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As of 12 February 2017, some 152,448 people were living in displacement while over 9,100 have in the past week returned to areas recently retaken by government forces in eastern Mosul. Food, water and fuel are scarce in western Mosul, leading to negative coping mechanisms. It is highly likely that the humanitarian situation will continue to deteriorate as commercial supply routes remain cut off and stocks cannot be replenished.

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