More than 2 million people across Mozambique, especially in the southern and central regions, have been affected by severe drought since 2015. The prolonged crisis has exhausted household food stock, disrupted lives and livelihood. For Mozambican women and girls, who are primarily responsible for
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Sara* was 17 when she found out she was pregnant. Living in a rural village in the Comoros, she carried the entire pregnancy in secret, and then gave birth in a hospital bathroom. "Our society does not accept to get pregnant out of wedlock," she explained recently to UNFPA.
Unless progress is accelerated, ending child marriage in West and Central Africa will take more than 100 years, with far-reaching, life-altering consequences for millions of child brides and crippling impact on the region's prosperity, the United Nations children's agency has said.
"I knew a little bit about how a baby is made, but not too much," said Natalia, 19, in Alieu, the rocky highlands of Timor-Leste. Her 1-year-old daughter, Afeena, was sleeping nearby. "I had no education about this at school. No lessons at all related to this topic.
Africa must focus on young people, empower women and girls, and be innovative in leveraging resources and financing for development, Secretary-General António Guterres said Monday as the United Nations kicked off Africa Week.
There are 679 million children younger than five years of age in the world today-almost one in 10 of the world's population. Who looks after these children when parents go out to work, and what are we missing when we do not consider this point?
Ainuru Altybaeva serves as a Member of Parliament in Kyrgyzstan, and has been an activist for women's empowerment for over 10 years. She was the initiator of a law on toughening penalties for bride kidnapping, and a vocal participant of the national UNiTE to End Violence against Women and Girls
International Day of the Girl Child Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director, Lakshmi Puri during the UN commemoration of the International Day of the Girl Child 2017
Your Excellency, Minister Maryam Monsef, Excellencies, ambassadors of Peru and Turkey, Distinguished Colleagues, Girl activists and advocates, ladies and gentlemen, good afternoon. Let me start by commending the Governments of Canada, Peru, and Turkey for continued commitments to the International Day of the Girl.
United Nations Spokesman Stéphane Dujarric said Wednesday that the UN Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) reported it had received an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor that took place in Bambari by UN peacekeepers.