At Friends of UNFPA Annual Gala, an Evening of Warmth and Inspiration in Honoring Three People Who Stand Up for Girls and Women (Oct. 2012)
New York, NEW YORK -- Friends of UNFPA’s annual gala, held on Oct. 4, celebrated three individuals who helped make a big difference in promoting the well-being of women and girls in their communities through advocacy, research and even a helpful invention. The gala also reinforced the lifesaving work of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, in over 150 countries around the world. The honorees, from Pakistan, Ghana and the United States, were each presented the Friends of UNFPA Award for the Health and Dignity of Women and Girls; for the first time, a male activist was rewarded, too.

Secretary Clinton's Remarks on World Population Day (July 2012)
On July 11th, World Population Day, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton issued a statement recognizing the significance of UNFPA’s lifesaving work in the context of international human rights and development. “The partnership between the U.S. government and UNFPA,” said Secretary Clinton, “is critical to advancing sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights for women, men, adolescents and youth around the world.”

From controversy to collaboration: American environmentalists are potential allies in the fight for family planning
Growing concerns about inadequate progress in advancing maternal and reproductive health have sparked a number of efforts to increase attention and resources for family planning in developing countries. This report presents new 2012 estimates of the numbers of women in the developing in need of modern contraception.

World Population Day 2012: Universal Access to Reproductive Health Services
On 11 July – World Population Day – many activities and campaigns will call attention to the essential part that reproductive health plays in creating a just and equitable world. Help us generate greater commitment to the idea that everyone has a right to reproductive health.

Groundbreaking Support for the Reproductive Rights of Adolescents
At the conclusion of its 45th session in April 2012, the United Nations Commission on Population and Development adopted a groundbreaking resolution that provides a major boost to the sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights of adolescent and youth

Learning to Love the Female Condom in Uganda
NEBBI, Uganda — Hundreds of women from all walks of life gathered in a school field here recently to celebrate International Women’s Day. As they marched in a parade, carrying placards with messages on the rights of women and girls, many were intrigued by a UNFPA exhibition stall that was distributing both male and female condoms to every adult who asked for them.

So Many Mouths to Feed: Addressing High Fertility in Famine-Stricken Somalia
MOGADISHU, Somalia — In Dabke camp for internally displaced persons in Mogadishu, Muno Abukar shares a tent with her eight children. Fleeing the famine, the family left their home in Lower Shabelle five months ago. Since her husband passed away two years ago, Muno has had no means to support her large family.

UK Government, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to host Family Planning Summit
United Nations, New York — “An event is scheduled to be held in London in July to create political commitment and substantial resources to meet the family planning needs of women in the world’s poorest countries by 2020. The event will be organized by the United Kingdom's Department for International Development (DfID) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, with support from UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, and other partners.

Tackling the Taboo Topic of Teen Pregnancy in Ghana
Sex is not always a straightforward matter in Ghana, especially for teenagers.  Yayra Damesi, a 21-year-old researcher and counselor at the Lady Volta Resource Center, says girls tell her that their boyfriends don’t enjoy sex with condoms so they don’t use them.

Preventing Teenage Pregnancy in Ecuador
At 11,500 feet above sea level, the morning air in the indigenous community of Guanilchig, on the Western range of the Andes is crisp. The sunlight reflects the bright colors of the traditional indigenous textiles 15-year-old Maria Victoria Urquizo wears, but the story she tells is dark. When she was just 14 years old, she was raped by an acquaintance who worked alongside her in the potato field. “I had met him only once before,” she recalls. Two months after the attack, she realized she was pregnant. “I was afraid of going to the police. I only wanted to cry,” she said. She gave birth to a baby girl.

Tackling the Taboo Topic of Teen Pregnancy in Ghana
Sex is not always a straightforward matter in Ghana, especially for teenagers.  Yayra Damesi, a 21-year-old researcher and counselor at the Lady Volta Resource Center, says girls tell her that their boyfriends don’t enjoy sex with condoms so they don’t use them.

Happily Strung Along: In Senegal, Women Count Beads as Contraception
After three quick, successive pregnancies -- the first when she was just 18 -- Ourousse and her husband decided to make a change. But the contraceptive pill she first took gave her migraines.

Childless No Longer: Addressing Infertility and Miscarriage in Jordan
Sana felt shame and stigma. She was constantly being compared to her sister by her relatives. And she endured emotional and physical abuse from her husband, Khaled, who blamed her for not bearing him a child.” I was absolutely miserable,” said Sana. “I could not face my in-laws or my family. I even became jealous of my own sister."

Ecuador: Meeting the Needs of Indigenous Women
As part of its national strategy to address the needs of the most impoverished indigenous communities, UNFPA's Ecuador program finances an innovative project in Otavalo to improve the quality and scope of women’s health care provided to Quechua-speaking communities, in particular.

Volunteers on Bicycles Bring Health Care to Rural Senegal
Sillymane Ba, a farmer by trade, is a member of Senegal’s community health worker program run by the Senegalese Ministry of Health and supported by UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund. The program attempts to bridge the gap in health services between Senegal’s rural and urban areas.

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