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Girls and women at the centre of UNFPA cyclone response:

Cyclone Ruano hit as many as 15 Districts in the southern and south-eastern parts of Bangladesh on 21 May 2016. Hundreds of thousands of people had to evacuate to cyclone shelters, as they lost their homes, belongings and livelihoods to the storm. Women and girls of reproductive age are included among those hardest hit, many of whom are actually now pregnant and in need of safe childbirth. Initial reports show the extent of destruction and the desperate situation that residents now find thems .. Read More

Shahana - a cartoon to end child marriage in Bangladesh

“Let me learn, let me grow, let me flourish” Shahana sings in the title melody of the brand new animated cartoon series created by UNFPA   in Bangladesh and launched during a premier show on the 26th of October 2015, attended by the Minister of Information Hasanul Haq Inu, the Swiss Ambassador to Bangladesh Christian Fotsch and the UNFPA Representative Argentina Matavel Piccin.  Shahana is a confident 17-year old with strong ideas about the rights of girls .. Read More

Global leaders have renewed their political support for the Cairo mandate that had provided a new vision about the relationship between population and development 20 years back.

                      The UN population agency, UNFPA says more than 140 heads of states, ministers and high officials from around the world have reaffirmed their countries’ “strong political support” to the historic International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD). The commitment was renewed in New York on Monday as member countries discussed strategies .. Read More

Midwives are key to a healthy and safe pregnancy and childbirth

Midwives can help avert some two thirds of all maternal and newborn deaths and half of newborn deaths, provided they are well-trained, well-equipped, well-supported and authorized. This slide show, created from photographs from Jhpiego shot in various countries, show that midwives deliver not only babies, but also comprehensive sexual reproductive health services, including family planning counselling and services, post-abortion care, treatment of malaria in pregnancy and the prevention of .. Read More

Survey 2011 mentioned that 87% of Bangladeshi women and girls experience sex and gender-based violence at least once in their life time - a recent study jointly conducted by Government and UNFPA.

Violence against women (VAW) is a global phenomenon, to the deep dismay of the citizens in both developed and developing countries. Bangladesh has the eighth largest population in the world, with an estimated 75 million female citizens. The past decade has been a period of incredible growth for Bangladesh, with vast improvement on many social and economic indicators of development. Unfortunately, sex and gender based violence continues to be an area of  serious national concern. Acc .. Read More

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