Multiple media outlets on 9 December reported on the UNFPA’s press conference that took place on the occasion of concluding the “16 days of activism against gender violence.” UNFPA Yemen Representative Ms. Lene K. Christiansen was quoted. Read in Arabic: Althawra News, 14 October, Saba News, Barakish
Different media outlets reported on 8 and 9 December that Princess Basma Bint Talal, UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador, received the 36th UNFPA report of the State of World Population 2013, entitled “Motherhood in Childhood: Facing the challenge of Adolescent Pregnancy.” During this event, HRH participated in a specialized panel discussion that addressed the impact of early marriage and pregnancy on young girls (15-18 yrs).
Ms. Muna Idris, UNFPA Jordan Assistant Representative, gave a brief presentation of the report which highlighted the main challenges related to adolescent marriage and pregnancy and its serious consequences on girls' education, health, and chances of working for a longer period of time.
During the presentation, Mrs. Idris talked about percentages and cases of early marriages and pregnancies in Jordan, especially between girls aged 15-18 years, and explained some of the general and exceptional reasons for such ratios. Idris also talked about some cases of early marriages among Syrian refugees in Jordan, and the reasons for this trend from the Syrians point of view. Read in English: Jordan Times Read in Arabic: Petra News Agency , Al Rai, Addustour, Eyas-Center
14 October on 8 December reported on 40 awareness sessions held for community members in the Ibb governorate. The sessions covered reproductive health, risks of early marriage and violence against woman. The sessions lasted for 10 days. This activity is part of many that are taking place during the “16 days of activism against gender violence” campaign. This activities are supported by UNFPA and implemented by its local partner the Yemeni Family Association. Read in Arabic: 14 October
14 October on 8 December reported on the open day that took place in the heart of the capital Sana’a. The open day, organized by the Yemeni Family Association with the support of UNFPA, included a number of activities that centered around gender-based violence issues (early marriage, violence against women etc). This open day came as part of different activities to celebrate the “16 days activism against gender violence.” Read in Arabic: 14 October
Adenalghed on 7 December reported on the activities that took place in Aden on the occasion of the “16 days of activities against gender violence.” The activities were organized by the Yemeni Family Association with support of UNFPA. Read in Arabic: Adenalghad
Sante Education and Togoenvogue on 7 December published a statement by the United Nations Population Fund paying tribute to South African President Nelson Mandela, who died 5 December. Read in French: Santé éducation and Togoenvogue
Multiple media outlets reported, between 5 and 7 December, on the presentation of a report on adolescents and youth in Costa Rica. The report was presented to the candidates for the vice-presidency of the upcoming elections and candidates to the legislature. The activity was supported by UNFPA. "Young people deserve full realization of their rights. They deserve answers and suggestions from those who aspire to lead this country in the next government," said Patricia Muñoz Salgado, Assistant Representative of UNFPA-Costa Rica. Read in Spanish: La Prensa Libre (PDF), Listen: Radio Universidad
La Prensa Libre on 7 December published the complete message from UNFPA's Babatunde Osotimehin on the death of African leader Nelson Mandela. Read in Spanish: La Prensa Libre
Various media outlets reported on 6 December that the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Georgia hosted the event Youth for Development and Human Rights at Zurab Tsereteli Museum of Modern Art. The event was held within the framework of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence campaign and marked International Human Rights Day emphasizing the role of youth in development and promotion of human rights in Georgia. Within the framework of the event, an award ceremony was held - UNFPA/Georgia in partnership with the Ministry of Youth and Sports Affairs of Georgia awarded winners of the youth contests.
The panel of judges selected winning entries among the newspaper articles, blog posts and multimedia material that were focused on youth issues. The priorities were given to the entries promoting youth rights, raising awareness on gender equality and reproductive health and rights, and exemplary coverage of opportunities and challenges that young people face nowadays. The judges scored the entries based on the following criteria: the relevance to the topic, accuracy of writing, demonstrating journalism ethics and standards, creativity and originality of topic. Read in English: Inter Press News Watch in Georgian: 1TV, MyVideo, MyVideo
Radio Free Asia reported on 5 December that the government, in collaboration with embassies, national and international organizations celebrated International Volunteer Day by encouraging young people to volunteer and gain experience to get better work in the future. “Be a role model, be a volunteer” was the theme for the 3rd International Volunteer Day. The Secretary of State of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, HE Mr. Sean Borath stated that volunteerism is a critical contribution to an improved society and economy. “Volunteers have contributed to the positive changes in their community. This is a great dedication of the volunteers” said HE Mr. Borath. According to Dr. Marc Derveeuw, UNFPA Representative in Cambodia, youth is an important resource for social development. UNFPA is committed to improving the well-being, intellectuality, quality, morality, rights and skills of young people for the better society. He noted that Cambodian people have better livelihoods as a result of volunteer work. The event was celebrated with about 700 young people. Listen in Khmer: RFA (2013/12/05 - 19:30)
Sidwaya on 4 December reported that the joint programme UNFPA-UNICEF against FGM in Burkina Faso recorded a significant decrease of cases of female genital mutilation in their intervention areas, as reflected in the statistics of the services of social action and national solidarity. Through a combination of several approaches, the project has succeeded in soliciting the commitment of the highest political and judicial authorities, traditional and religious leaders as well as local associations in favor of the abandonment of the practice of FGM. Read in French: Sidwaya
Multiple media outlets on 2 and 3 December covered the press conference done by the Higher Population Council, in cooperation with UNFPA Jordan, on the second national report to assess the progress on the implementation of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development in 1994. The conference also stressed the need to adopt realistic strategies for the development of the provinces and rural areas by providing direct support to the government in the production of these areas as a priority post-2014.
UNFPA Jordan Assistant Representative Muna Idris assured the commitment of UNFPA to support the consultations that will clarify the position of Jordan and the priorities of the International Conference on Population. Read in Arabic: Petra News Agency, Petra News Agency, Al Rai, Al Ghad, Almadenah News
Several media outlets reported on 1 December that UNFPA and UNICEF spearheaded the World AIDS Day programme in Tbilisi in close cooperation and partnership with the Georgian Youth Development and Education Association and Public Union Bemoni by conducting an information and education campaign.
Within the framework of the campaign numerous activities were conducted. Volunteering youth were offered, free of charge, HIV exams and also received consultations at Tbilisi Medical. The participants publicly paced down from Vake Park to Amirani Movie Theater, disseminating IEC on HIV infection and sharing information on HIV consultation and tests to passersby. Moreover, symbolic activities were performed by youth in various public places and bus stations throughout Tbilisi, demonstrating the importance of struggling against HIV prevention and promoting a participatory approach in the process.
The Campaign aimed to increase youth awareness on sexual and reproductive health and rights and to promote services offered at the Youth Friendly Reproductive Health Centers.
UNFPA Georgia County Office marks World AIDS Day every year. By 1 December 2013 a total of 4,084 HIV/AIDS cases have been registered in Georgia. Young people are one of the most vulnerable groups with regard to HIV/AIDS and UNFPA places special emphasis on youth development and their empowerment to take informed decision in terms of their health and life. Read in Georgian: News.ge, Inter Press Service, Geo Times, Droa News, Rustavi2 Watch in Georgian: MyVideo, 1TV, MyVideo, Read in English: Inter Press News
Georgia Today reported on 29 November that the National Center for Disease Control & Public Health hosted a workshop on “Cervical Cancers Screening Policies and Management” with the support of UNFPA/Georgia CO on 14-15 November.
The workshop was conducted within the framework of the Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Project with the support of UNFPA Georgia in partnership with the International Agency for Research on Cancer and European School of Screening Management. Read in English: Georgia Today
KPL News on 29 November reported that the Ministry of Planning and Investment, in cooperation with UNFPA in Laos, launched the report 'State-of-the World Population 2013, Motherhood in Childhood, Facing the Challenge of Adolescent Pregnancy' on 28 November in Vientiane. The report offers a new perspective on adolescent pregnancy, looking not only at the girls' behavior as a cause of early pregnancy, but also at the actions of their families, communities and governments. Read in English: KPL News
Multiple media outlets covered on 26 and 27 November the visit of the Norweigian Minister of Foreign Affairs to Za’tri camp for Syrian refugees.
The Minister visted differents areas of the UN agencies there to see the services they are provinding to the refugees. During his visit, the Minister visited UNFPA's women’s safe comprehensive center, in which he had a brief by UNFPA Humanitarian Coordinator Shible Sahbani on all the different services UNFPA Jordan is providing to the Syrians, especially to women and young people. Read in Arabic: Petra, Alanbet
Multiple media outlets reported on 27 and 28 November on the launch of a study on married women’s contribution to the workforce, which was conducted by the Higher Population Council in cooperation and support of UNFPA Jordan.
The study, which explored the impact of women’s employment on their actual fertility levels, showed that Jordanian women’s contribution to the economy remains low, especially among married women.
Muna Idris, UNFPA Assistant Representative, in her speech, called for not marginalizing women, especially at a time when the world is getting ready to discuss the MDGs in 2015. Read in Arabic: Al Rai, Jordan Times, Petra, Petra, Addustour, Assawsana, Alanbat
Multiple mediaoutlets reported on 25 and 26 November on the launch of the 16 days campaign of activism against gender-based violence, which will be under the theme “from peace at home to peace in the whole world.”
This campaign was organized by the Jordanian National Commission for Women in cooperation and support of UN Women, UNFPA, WHO, UNICEF and UNHCR. Each organization had a different interactive activity during these 16 days, with different message for each day. Read in Arabic: Al Rai, Petra, Rum Online, Addustour, Alwakeel News
New Vision on 26 November reported that during a meeting organised by UNFPA and UNESCO, a new school curriculum was discussed and is being overhauled to emphasize more practical life skills. It will include sexuality education to stop the high number of teenage pregnancies. Read in English: New Vision
The Observer on 26 November reported that the Ministry of Gender, Labour, and Social Development together with UNFPA are piloting five shelter homes for rehabilitating victims of gender-based violence (GBV). Read in English: The Observer
The Observer on 26 November published on op-ed by UNFPA's Babatunde Osotimehin calling for an end to violence against women. "Violence against women and girls is a violation of their fundamental human rights, an affront to human dignity and a serious threat to their health and well-being.It impedes their civic engagement and role in development; it generates instability and makes peace harder to achieve. One of every three women has been subjected to physical, emotional and/or verbal abuse in her lifetime. More than 600 million women are living in countries where domestic abuse is not against the law" he said. Read in English: The Observer
Diario ABC Colour reported that on 26 November, the Ministry of Women and UN Paraguay launched the campaign "What sticks," with a video and musical concert. This activity was part of the campaign actions of the UN Secretary General "Unite to end violence against women." This initiative is carried out jointly by UN Women, UNFPA and other agencies of the UN system. Read in Spanish: ABC
La Nación, HOY.com and entorno inteligente reported on 25 November the campaign called #loquepega, a declaration against violence suffered by women around the world. It is part of the global campaign UNITE. In Paraguay, UN Women and UNFPA, and other agencies, want to bring attention to the need to focus efforts on prevention of violence against women. Read in Spanish: La Nación, HOY.com, entorno inteligente
Multiple media outlets mentioned on 25 November that the video clip, a part of the campaign "What sticks," premiered on social networks. The video is part of the UNITE initiative of the UN Secretary General and in Paraguay is driven by several UN agencies, including UNFPA. Read in Spanish: PARAGUAY.com, Última Hora
ABC Colour announced on 24 November that a video to commemorate the International Day of No Violence Against Women and also an audiovisual manifesto entitled Unite to End Violence Against Women will be launched in the Asunción Coast. The opening act will speak to national authorities and UN representatives. The campaign is promoted by various UN agencies, including UNFPA. Read in Spanish: ABC
ABC Colour announced on 23 November that through a positive approach and appropriate messages, the UN launched an audiovisual manifesto that seeks to be a call to all young people to incorporate positive attitudes and actions that break gender stereotypes that cause violence against women. The joint UN initiative is promoted by several agencies, including UNFPA. Read in Spanish: ABC
Ulandsnytt.dk on 22 November presented an overview of a conference arranged by KULU (Kvindernes U- Landsudvalg) called Alliance Building and Action for Women’s Rights in Development. Dr. Azza Karam from UNFPA New York, held a presentation via Skype, addressing issues such as SRHR in relation to culture and religion. Read in Danish: Ulandsnytt.dk
The UN Association of Sweden on 21 of November, noted Dr. Babatunde Osotemhin visit to Sweden. During his visit, issues such as SRHR and women’s empowerment were addressed. The UN Association of Sweden campaign Flicka and its work in the Affar region of Ethiopia was also mentioned. Read in Swedish: UN Association of Sweden
Ykliitto.fi on 21 November launched an article on sustainable development and student’s participation. Nea-Mari Heinonen from UNFPA was there to speak about her experiences with the UN. Students were interested in knowing more about Heinonen’s work experience before working for UNFPA. Heinonen mentioned that the application process was quite demanding, while supporting the youth not to give up on the ambition of working with the UN. Read in Finnish: Ykliitto.fi