Several media outlets reported on 25 and 26 November on the high-level conference on ageing in Lebanon, organized by the Lebanese Epidemiology Association, in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Affairs, the Ministry of Public Health, the Ministry of Labour, the Centre for Studies on Ageing, with support of WHO and UNFPA. This two-day event is entitled “Ageing in Lebanon: Supporting and Expanding Research for Meeting Challenges”. Read in Arabic: National News Agency, Now Lebanon, Lebanon Files.
Gabon-Matin reported on 26 November on a capacity building workshop for institutions and NGOs, and a conference jointly organized by the Health and Social Affairs Ministry and UNFPA on the celebration of the International Day on Violence Against Women. Vice Health and Social Affairs Minister Claudine Menvoula denounced the daily violence afflicting women in Gabon, as a violation of human rights. UNFPA Deputy Country Director Mariama Diop underlined "the difficulties for women to access the judicial system due to lack of political will."
Tunis Afrique Presse and Tunisie-Radio reported on 21, 24 and 25 November on the launch of the Campaign on Accelerated Reduction of Maternal Mortality in Africa (CARMMA) in Tunisia highlighting that the country will be the first North African state to launch CARMMA with the aim of sharing the country’s experience in reducing maternal mortality with other countries in Africa as well as learning from other best practices. The opening ceremony was chaired by H.E. Bience Gawanas (African Union Commission of Social Affairs), and attended by Mr. Hafedh Chekir, UNFPA Arab States Regional Office Director and Mr. Mohammed Salah Ben Ammar, General Director of Public Health of the Tunisian Republic and began with a vibrant tribute to Chadian CARMMA champion H.E. Achatone Gossinar who suddenly passed away on the day of arrival to Tunis to attend the event. Read in French: TAP, TAP and Tunisie-Radio
UYPress reported on 25 November that Salary Council negotiators (who articulate the negotiations between government, trade unions and employers for different business sectors) participated in a training course on gender equity organized by the Ministry of Labour, the NGO Red Género y Familia, UNFPA and ILO. Its goal was to identify family care needs and take into account measures that favour working and personal life balance from the perspective both of employees and employers. The national director of labour stressed that it is necessary to include in the collective negotiation specific clauses on gender equity within the collective agreements and that the government has to monitor its effective application. Read more in Spanish: UYpress
L’Observateur Paalga on 25 November reported on the ceremony launching the State of World’s Midwifery 2011. This ceremony proceeded in the presence of Mr. General Secretary of the Minister for Health, representing his Ministry, the UNFPA/Burkina Representative and the Director of Maternal and Neonatal Health. The Director of maternal and neonatal health presented the report which reveals a ratio of one midwife per 14,985 habitants. In his speech, the Representative of UNFPA/Burkina specified that, “In Burkina, it is more than ever necessary to set up a system in place a functional health system with a qualified personnel.”
Le Pays on 25 November wrote an article on the meeting organized by the African Network for Youth Health and Development (RAJS/BF) for the publication of a study on the needs and aspirations of young people and adolescents. This meeting was organized with technical and financial support of the UNFPA.
Le Pays on 25 November reported on the annual meeting of the actors of youth health. The General Secretary of the Ministry for Health and Dr. Sankara Olga, representing the Representative of UNFPA/Burkina chaired the opening ceremony of the meeting. The meeting aims to reinforce the coordination and the follow-up of the interventions in the field of health for teenagers and young people. Dr. Olga Sankara, National Officer in Charge of Reproductive Health of UNFPA, said that, “it is necessary to massively increase the investments in, for and by the young people.” Read in French: Le Pays
Cuban press reported on the Second Geography, Environment and Territorial Management Convention, which met in Havana, from 22 to 25 November. It was concluded with a conference given by Dr. Rolando Garcia, UNFPA Assistant Representative in the island, about the 2011 State of World Population. Read in Spanish: Juventud Rebelde and Cuba.cu
The Mongol Messenger reported on 25 November that in the next few years, UNFPA, along with other UN agencies, will continue partnering with government, justice and civil society for a more comprehensive response to gender-based violence (GBV), through the One-Stop Service Centres piloted by the Ministry of Health. On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the Secretary-General calls for "zero tolerance" to GBV. In Mongolia, it is time for men and women to rise up and unite to end GBV.
Mwananchi on 25 November reported that the UK government has given Tanzania additional 4.5 GPB for the forthcoming census preparations scheduled for August 2012. The additional funds make a total of 9.5 GPB that will be contributed for the same purpose. Speaking during the signing ceremony, Minister of Finance, Mustafa Mkulo said the government appreciates the UK’s support and that it has come at an opportune moment. He further said the government has set aside enough funds to ensure that the next census is conducted at a professional and international standard. In line with this the UNFPA Country Representative Dr. Julitta Onabanjo said, “I commend the work done by National Bureau of Statistics so far, and am sure they have prepared themselves well. UNFPA is satisfied with the preparations and will continue to support and make sure that the coming census is conducted on international standards.”
The Hürriyet Daily News reported on 25 November on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, a new campaign inviting all men to sign the pledge declaring “as men, we understand that violence against women is a threat to the well-being of society and is inexcusable. Women are our friends, sisters and mothers. They are our future. We will not be mere spectators. We must unite to end violence against women. We will participate in ending this violence.” UNFPA Turkey Representative Dr. Zahidul Huque was one of the first signers of the declaration against violence targeting women. Read in English: Hurriyet Daily News
Sidwaya on 25 November reported on the launching of the State of World’s Midwifery 2011. This report focused on 58 countries with rates of maternal and newborn mortality. In Burkina Faso, there are not enough qualified midwives and the national health system is poorly equipped. It makes recommendations for the internationals organizations, the global partnerships, the donor agencies and civil society. UNFPA Representative Dr. Mamadou Kanté is quoted saying, “For UNFPA, no woman must die to give the life.” Read in French: Sidwaya
Al-Quds on 25 November reported that through funds from UNFPA, the Ministry of Education and Higher Education/Bethlehem Directorate, organized a 3-day Training of Trainers (ToT) which targeted employees from school health employees and counselors from southern and central directorates. “The issues which were discussed during the workshop were based on counselor’s needs that we identified through distributing forms amongst them” Ms. Insaf Omar, Project Coordinator, said. “We underlined a great importance on the Manual since it is beneficial to all youth in Palestine and helps raise their awareness” Dr. Sami Marwa, Director General/Bethlehem Directorate, said. Other similar ToT will take place in the future. Read in Arabic: Al-Quds
Al-Ayyam on 25 November reported that the Ministry of Youth and Sports, UNFPA and UNICEF organized the National Monitoring System related to Youth Indicators workshop in Ramallah on 24 November. “The goal of this workshop is to contribute in “shaping” the future of youth in Palestine” Mr. Masalmeh, Director General at the Ministry of Youth and Sports, said. “The monitoring system is an important tool to determine youth needs, develop national indicator” Ziad Yaish, Assistant Representative, said. “We have identified four goals to help us strengthen youth roles in the society and enhance the quality of proposed programmes. At the end of this workshop, we will identify recommendations to agree on monitoring and evaluation indicators to monitor progress and support our future planning,” he continued. Read in Arabic: Al-Ayyam
Multiple media outlets reported on 23-25 November that services including legal advise, counselling support, health care and shelters are not available for all women who suffer from domestic violence, according to a policy dialogue on violence against women held in Ha Noi on 23 November. The workshop was co-organised by the United Nations (UNFPA, UN Women and UNODC), the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the Viet Nam Women's Union on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November.
Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports, and Tourism Hoang Vinh Ai affirmed that the Vietnamese government is determined to prevent domestic violence, implementing genuine equality, and eradicating discrimination against women to make Vietnamese families happier and more prosperous.
The United Nations Resident Coordinator in Viet Nam, Pratibha Mehta, spoke highly of the Vietnamese government’s efforts as well as its development partners’ assistance in abolishing violence against women. She also committed to further cooperate with the government and its partners to raise the status of women and boost gender equality.
Vu Song Ha, UNFPA's National Consultant on Gender said that to protect ill-treated women, a range of services such as shelters, legal advice and counselling support must be "available, accessible and affordable." In addition to the lack of services, Ha also pointed out that factors such as discrimination against victims of domestic violence as well as limited capacity and lack of gender-sensitive attitudes among social workers were also challenges that hindered women's access to these services. Read in English: Viet Nam News, Viet Nam Plus, VOV, Quan Doi Nhan Dan, Viet Nam Net and Quan Doi Nhan Dan Read in Vietnamese: Quan Doi Nhan Dan , Nhan Dan, Gia dinh Xa hoi, Thanh Tra, Cong An Nhan Dan, VGP News and Tuyen Giao
Cameroon Radio and Television (CRTV) reported on 25 November on a visit by UNFPA Representative Mr, Alain Sibenaler to the General manager of CRTV to officially hand over the DVD of the song “Pregnant Women” produced by UNFPA in partnership with Prince Eyango.
Several media outlets announced on 25 November the upcoming launching ceremony of the “Guide for Working in Women Prisons in Lebanon” planned for 28 November. The guide was authored by the Institute for Women’s Studies in the Arab World (IWSAW) at the Lebanese American University with the support of UNFPA Lebanon. Read in Arabic: Al Moustaqbal, Nour Sat, Al Ankabout. Read in English: Nour Sat
Les Depeches de Brazzaville reported on 25 November on a new initiative by UNFPA and the Health Ministry to enhance family planning as part of the on-going and productive government strategy to reduce maternal mortality. In Congo, girls and young women are among the most affected by teen pregnancy and maternal mortality. UNFPA Representative David Lawson said, "Promoting family planning is among the cheapest investments to reduce maternal mortality. We are convince that this initiative will help us further reduce maternal moortality in the short run." Read in French: Les Depeches de Brazzaville
Belta reported on 25 November that an opening of the mini-exhibition of the best T-shirts design of the UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign will take place on 29 November at the Gallery of modern art "U." The authors of the best works, senior government officials, journalists and UN staff are invited to participate in the event. UNFPA Representative Tatiana Gaplichnik will participate in the event. Read in Russian: Belta
Knews, 24KG, Kyrtag, VB reported on 25 November that the United Nations Population Fund in the Kyrgyz Republic (UNFPA) in collaboration with UN Women conducted the press conference. The 2011 campaign is held under the slogan “From Peace in Every Home to Peace in Kyrgyzstan,” reflecting the global theme of the campaign and the priorities of Kyrgyzstan. The press conference was opened by the UN Resident Coordinator in the Kyrgyz Republic Ms. Alexander Avanessov, also Ms. Djoldosheva N., Deputy Minister on Labour, Employment and Migration, Ms. Boronbaeva T, Deputy of Ombudsman Institute, Ms. Eliferenko A., President of the Association of Crisis Centres and Ms. Salaeva J., Head of the Network “Women of Kyrgyzstan as Peacemakers” participated in the press conference.
2010 was full of events in Kyrgyzstan that affected in many ways the status and the conditions of women. The problem of increasing violence in its various forms is still a particularly serious problem. Violence not only undermines the livelihoods of women, but also impairs the safety of society. In a state of conflict the existing problems become aggravated and more sensitive, as well as reveal the imperfection of the existing systems of assistance and rehabilitation of violence survivors.
Every year since 1991, Kyrgyzstan holds 16-day activism campaigns of combating violence against women. For Kyrgyzstan these 16 days of activism is carried out under the auspices of the Global 16 day campaign aimed at joining the efforts of women's networks, peacemakers and human rights activists in ending violence against women, including violence in the armed conflicts. The campaign is a unique opportunity for Kyrgyzstan’s activists for joining the global movement and demonstration of solidarity with the world’s progressive networks working to eliminate all forms of violence against women. Read in Russian: Knews, Knews, 24KG, 24KG, Kyrtag, VB, VB
Radio Tunis Chaine Internationale, Shems FM and Radio Jeunes reported on 24 November on the launch of the Campaign on Accelerated Reduction of Maternal Mortality in Africa (CARMMA) in Tunisia. The UNFPA Assistant Representative in Tunisia, Dr. Leila Joudane, emphasizes the need of coordination between the international organizations and their commitment to achieve the MDG 5 by 2015 and highlighted the role of Tunisia in sharing country’s experiences in reducing maternal mortality with other countries in Africa.
La República reported on 24 November that some demographic trends such as ageing, low fertility rate and scarce migration explain why the Uruguayan population didn’t grow during the last decade. The national government has shown some concerns on Uruguay’s population growth and it is expected that the 2011 Census will bring similar numbers. The article mentions a study by demographer Adela Pellegrino for UNFPA. Read more in Spanish: La República
The Independent Observer on 24 November reported that a three day “National Youth Forum on Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health” from 8-10 November was held at the Presidential Lounge, National Stadium in Freetown. Organized by the Ministry of Youth Employment and Sports, and sponsored by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the forum brought together about two hundred youths from all district of the country to discuss issues affecting the sexual and reproductive health of young people and for the young people to contribute to the development of a multi sectoral programme. Issues discussed included teenage pregnancy and HIV/AIDS with recommendations from the youths to be included in the multi-sectoral programme proposal.
Several media outlets reported on 24 November on the launching of the 16 days Campaign to end gender-based violence (GBV), conducted by the national coalition to end violence against women in Lebanon and supported by UNFPA as well as other national and international partners. This year’s 16 Days campaign is of particular relevance as the draft law to protect women from family violence is currently under discussion by a special committee within Parliament. However, there is fear that the draft law will be changed to weaken some of the provisions, in response to the demands of an opposition campaign introduced by some religious groups. The 2011 Campaign will focus on advocating for the issuance of the draft law without major changes that weaken its protective measures. The Campaign includes the following activities: opening press conference, media and awareness raising campaign, awareness raising sessions, public performances, as well as a public hearing event. Read in Arabic: National News Agency and El Nashra
L’Observateur Paalga on 23 November published an article on the meeting of actors from the sexual and reproductive health of adolescents and the young people field. This meeting was a framework of exchanges between the agents of the Ministry for health, NOGs, Associations of Youths and global partners and UNFPA, WHO and the UNICEF.
Dr. Olga Sankara, National Officer in Charge of Reproductive Health of UNFPA, said in his speech that, “We remain available to accompany you to improve the health and living conditions of the young people. “
The Nation on 23 November reported that the Malawi government, with assistance from UNFPA, has been conducting sensitization campaigns in some parts of the country encouraging women to go for treatment for fistula. They are also running fistula camps since 2009. These fistula camps treat and repair the affected women.
Although Malawi has no national data on obstetric fistula, UNFPA survey in 2009 revealed that the problem is rampant, especially in rural areas. Data collected from hospital records and through community surveys in nine districts, reveals that a total of 1 581 women had fistula that year. Most often the data is not precise because most women going through the problem feel embarrassed to disclose their condition.
So far, the fistula camps have been held at Zomba Central Hospital and currently, a similar camp is being held at Thyolo District Hospital. The camp started on November 7 and will run for four weeks up to December 3.
Thyolo is one of the districts with high fistula cases alongside Mangochi, Mchinji, Phalombe and Nkhata Bay.
“Since these camps started we have been able to assist at least 400 women,” said UNFPA national programme officer for reproductive health, Grace Hiwa, saying this year alone the camp is expecting to treat almost 100 women.
Apart from such treatments and repairs, Hiwa said dealing with the problem does not only require discouraging early pregnancies, but also encouraging pregnant women to get professional medical help when giving birth. Read in English: The Nation
APA reported on 23 November that increase of the world population and the most recent indicator of 7 billion make population projections even more important and pressing issues in an international agenda.
The 5-day international training programme on “Population Forecasting” took place at the State Statistical Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Baku, Azerbaijan, from 21-25 November. UNFPA provided support to the Government of Azerbaijan to host the programme.
The international training programme was organized and conducted by international experts (tutors) from the Center for Population Studies, Faculty of Economics, Lomonosov Moscow State University.
Focused on demographic forecasting, the training programme was aimed at discussing the co-relation between the socio-economic and demographic forecasting; underscoring the importance of population projections into a country's development planning; and discussing interrelation between the demographic policy and population forecasting. Participants represented by the State Statistical Committee, Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of Population, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Economic Development, and the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Azerbaijan were trained to elaborate the hypotheses with further development of population projections for the country. The event received broad media coverage at national TV channels. Read in Azerbaijani: APA
Time Out Magazine, and Future TV reported on 22 and 23 November on the launching of the “Let’s Talk” Campaign in Lebanon implemented with the participation of celebrities Nadine Njeim (Actress), Mashrou’ Leila (Musical Band), and Ronin&Nesta (DJs). The articles feature the campaign’s billboards and statistics about HIV/AIDS among youth in Lebanon. The “Let’s Talk” Campaign aims to raise HIV/AIDS awareness among young people and includes a set of activities, notably a national media campaign involving celebrities (billboards, TV spots, leaflets and a concert) and implemented in areas surrounding selected public schools and universities across the Lebanese territory. The campaign also includes capacity development workshops for young people to advocate more efficiently for their SRH rights. The “Let’s Talk” Campaign is implemented by UNFPA and the Y-PEER network, in partnership with the Ministry of Public Health, the National AIDS Control Programme at the Ministry of Public Health, and the Masar Association, a local NGO. It is funded by H&M the international fashion retailer and UNFPA. Read in English: Time Out Magazine
Les Depeches de Brazzaville and Congo-site reported on 23 November on the official mission of UNFPA Representative David Lawson to promote and gather support for the implementation of the Congolese law on the Protection and Promotion of Indigenous Peoples Rights at the Global Inter-Agency Support Group on Indigenous Peoples, chaired by UNFPA, in New York. Mr. Lawson also talked of the law and UNFPA work at the Mc Gill University Colloquium on American/African Indigenous Issues and presented at Quebec University UNFPA Congo strategy on audiovisual and development to address gender and indigenous issues. Read in French: Les Depeches de Brazzaville and Congo-site
Future TV reported on 22 November on the launching of the “Let’s Talk” Campaign in Lebanon implemented with the participation of celebrities Nadine Njeim (Actress), Mashrou’ Leila (Musical Band), and Ronin&Nesta (DJs). The 5-minute documentary featured interviews with celebrities, as well as representatives from the National AIDS control Programme, Y-PEER Lebanon, and Masar NGO. It provided statistics on youth and HIV/AIDS in Lebanon, and featured rushes from the TV spots. The documentary was aired in the morning news.