Jamela Sani stood before a group of girls and new mothers, explaining that violence against women is an abuse - and that help is available. They were gathered in a tent in Pawak, a village about five kilometres from the city of Marawi, in the Philippines, where fighting continues to rage between government forces and the Maute and Abu Sayyaf armed groups.
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Opening Remarks by UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the plenary session of the Five Days of Violence Prevention Conference at Johannesburg, South Africa
A scurry of activity greeted visitors at one of Antigua's two largest temporary shelters, National Technical Training Centre, which houses around 70 Barbudans displaced by Hurricane Irma. Shelter manager Samantha Burnette appeared with her phone in hand and a large, welcoming smile.
Warning that the horrific accounts of rape and sexual assault against Rohingya women and girls fleeing unrest in Myanmar could be "just the tip of the iceberg," the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) underscored the need to ensure that such violence is prevented and called for additional resources so that it can reach all those in need of assistance.
"My husband and I agreed to use family planning and not have more kids, but he was pressured by our family and I got pregnant again," said Ahlam, a mother of two in Yemen, earlier this year.
Large-scale displacement and a health system in tatters as a result of persistent violence by the Boko Haram terrorist group have left many - most worryingly, pregnant women and their unborn babies - vulnerable to cholera in the wake of an outbreak in August, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has warned
Yana, 25, was three months pregnant when she fell sick with cholera just days ago. "I was already suffering, but then I started bleeding, and the baby is gone now," she told UNFPA in one of the tent wards for cholera patients at a displacement camp outside Maiduguri, the capital of Nigeria's conflict-scarred Borno State.
Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the launch event of the EU-UN Spotlight Initiative to End Violence against Women.
The Governments of Costa Rica, Finland and Zambia, in collaboration with UNFPA and UN Women, co-hosted today an event to raise awareness on the role of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in the economic empowerment of women, on the margins of the ongoing 72nd session of the UN General Assembly.
"Our girls were not born to be sexual slaves. Each one of them had a dream or goal for future," Zina Salim Hassan, a 21-year-old Yazidi advocate, told UNFPA ahead of an United Nations event focusing on the use of sexual and gender-based violence as a weapon of war.