Statement of UNFPA Executive Director, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin,
For the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
25 November 2015
One in three women worldwide has experienced physical or sexual violence, most often by an intimate partner.
In most countries, fewer than four in 10 survivors of such violence seek help.
Violence against women and girls includes domestic and sexual violence, human trafficking and harmful practices, such as forced child marriage, gender-based infanticide and female genital mutilation.
A report released today by UNFPA (Arab States Regional Office) analyses the situation of the midwifery workforce in selected Arab countries, adopting the same methodology as, and building on the analysis provided in, the State of the World’s Midwifery 2014: A Universal Pathway – A Woman’s Right to Health, which was developed in cooperation with the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) and the World Health Organization (WHO) and other partners, with technical input by ICS Integrare.
UNFPA works in 15 Arab countries, closely monitoring the situation of women and young girls, and constantly adjusting its programs to cater to their changing needs, From maternal clinics in Zaatari and other refugee camps in Jordan, to “safe spaces” that welcome and counsel women who have suffered violence, to national campaigns to end female genital mutilation, to vouchers that allow women in Syria to obtain free maternal health services, UNFPA’s response remains relevant, swift and flexible. It seeks to adapt to the changing needs of women affected by humanitarian crises.