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Even under normal conditions, reproductive health issues are a leading cause of death and illness among women of childbearing age. But when a crisis strikes, skilled birth attendance and emergency obstetric care often become unavailable, exacerbating the vulnerability of pregnant women. Moreover, during conflicts, natural disasters and other emergencies, plans for a humanitarian response can easily lack adequate services for the immense sexual and reproductive health (SRH) needs among any affected population. Women face other threats as well. The absence of health services and other factors can increase the risks of contracting HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. And the breakdown of protection systems often leads to a rise in gender-based violence (GBV). In addition, the burden of care women assume for children and others can make it difficult for them to take proper care of themselves. Women may neglect their own needs as they care for their families and neighbours.

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Investing in 10-year-old girls could yield huge demographic dividend, pump billions into national economies


  • Girls are less likely than boys to complete schooling and more likely to face forced marriage, child labour, female genital mutilation and other undermining practices.
  • More than half of the world’s 65 million 10-year-old girls live in the 48 countries with the worst gender inequality.

$21 billion a year dividend for developing countries can be unlocked if all 10-year-old girls complete secondary education.

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This manual is meant for training programme managers to promote the abandonment of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C). 

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Today more than 75 per cent of people affected by humanitarian crises are women and children. And adolescents aged 10-19 years constitute a significant proportion of the population in many conflict and post-conflict settings.  

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This annual report shows how UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, helped millions of women and girls gain the power to realize their full potential and transform their lives.

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The UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: Accelerating Change started in 2008 and has just completed the first half of its Phase II implementation period (2014–2017). 

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In Fighting Back Tears ... Clinging to Dreams. Syrian Women in Their Own Words, a different picture of Syria emerges than the one we normally see. 

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Five years on, the Syria Crisis shockwaves still reverberate across an already volatile region. Syrian women bear the full hardship of this open-ended conflict, as they pay the price of social stigma and displacement inside the country and in the five neighbouring countries, which are now home to more than four million refugees.  Almost always, they are affected by gender-based violence, which tends to increase in times of duress as familial bonds weaken as a result of forced migration and displacement.


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When a girl becomes pregnant, her present and future change radically, and rarely for the

better. Pregnancy before a girl is physically, developmentally and socially ready jeopardizes her

right to a safe, successful transition into adulthood.

This publication presents strategic thinking and reviews the best available evidence on effective

strategies and interventions to empower girls and reduce their vulnerability to adolescent

pregnancy. Drawing from the evaluated evidence, it provides guidance on how to implement

effective programmes that operate at multiple levels and with multiple stakeholders, including

and most importantly, with the adolescent girl.

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UNFPA Regional Requirements in Response to the Syria Crisis

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