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Kate Hampton is CEO of the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF). She also represents the Generation Equality Forum Action Coalition on Bodily Autonomy and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, working to develop catalytic actions and commitments to advance gender equality. Hampton’s action priority is leveraging the potential of self-managed care so that women and girls can take control of their own reproductive health and rights.
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Most women in rural communities still lack ownership over their bodies and the power to make informed choices about their sexual and reproductive health needs, partly due to their limited access to essential reproductive health services.
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In El Salvador, UNFPA and UN Women have distributed more than 1,300 dignity kits containing essential hygiene supplies such as soap and menstrual pads to women living in prisons.
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As the Executive Director of Uganda Network of Young People Living with HIV/AIDS (UNYPA) Nicholas Niwagaba is a Ugandan Health advocate who works to improve the quality of life for young people living with HIV in Uganda. Nicholas leads a youth movement to increase access to quality sexual and reproductive health services and information and to create an enabling environment for young people living with HIV.
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Abel Koka, 30, is an Assistant Programme Coordinator for Restless Development in Tanzania. Koka is working to raise youth awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals and Family Planning 2020, and encouraging young activists to hold their government accountable. Koka is also a member of UN Women’s Beijing +25 Youth Task Force.
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Billions of people across the world stand on the right side of history every day. They speak up, take a stand, mobilize, and take big and small actions to advance women’s rights. This is Generation Equality. Teodora Mileska is a student of International and intercultural studies in North Macedonia and an aspiring diplomat for peaceful conflict resolution. She is a senior peer educator for Comprehensive Sexual Education and a concept writer for radio show Seksi Maalo that advocates for sexual and reproductive health rights.
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UN Women sister organization UNFPA is celebrating this week the 25th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) – a milestone in global reproductive health and rights. From 12-14 November, the governments of Kenya and Denmark along with UNFPA are co-convening the Nairobi Summit on ICPD25, a high-level conference to mobilize the political will and financial commitments urgently needed to fully implement the ICPD Programme of Action.
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As a mentor, Claudia Macz Chen, 25, works with girls to encourage their empowerment, self-esteem and continued education in rural and indigenous communities in Guatemala. She attended her first training with the Population Council in the Chisec Municipality when she was 17 and has since honed her leadership and advocacy skills. With UN Women’s support, she participated in the National Women’s Forum, having received training on the monitoring of the Guatemalan Peace Accords.
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In May 2018, Ireland voted to overturn its near-total ban on abortions—a long-awaited victory for women’s rights activists.
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Nidhi Goyal, 32, is a disabled feminist from India who works on disability rights and gender equality. After losing her sight as a teenager, Goyal committed herself to changing the lives of persons with disabilities, and particularly women and girls with disabilities. As a researcher, writer, trainer, stand-up comedian and advocate, she works to raise awareness on the intersection of the disability rights movement, and the women’s movement.
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Remarks by UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the High-Level Ministerial Breakfast Event on the Role of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in the Economic Empowerment of Women
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High-level event on the margins of 72nd UN General Assembly highlights sexual and reproductive health rights are essential to women’s empowerment.
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Supported by UN Women and UNICEF Innovation Labs, young people in Kosovo* have developed innovative solutions to address violence against women. An initiative that boosts economic opportunities of violence survivors, and an app that educates teenagers about sexual health and rights are making strides.
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With 1,072 maternal deaths for every 100,000 births, Liberia has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world. In the remote areas, infrastructure and facilities in clinics are often lacking; midwives and health workers have to deliver babies without any electricity at night. With the installation of solar lighting systems by UN Women and partners, conditions have improved in 26 clinics and five newly constructed Maternal Waiting Rooms across Liberia.
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Remarks by United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the London Family Planning Summit, Spotlight Session on “Transitions to Adulthood and the Importance of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights to Girls’ Empowerment” in London.
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In rural Nepal, menstruating girls are banished to sheds called “chhaupadi”, where they suffer in cold and isolation, often at risk of illness and animal attacks. To stop the practice, which has been outlawed since 2005, Restless Development Nepal has partnered with the UN Trust Fund to educate young people and break the myths about menstruation in their communities.
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This year, World Health Day, 7 April, focuses on the issue of depression. Impacting millions of people around the world, depression is the leading cause of illness and disability across the world, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
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Maria Judite da Silva is a 21-year-old indigenous women from the Guajajajara community, who is raising awareness about the Zika virus among indigenous women in the State of Maranhão, one of the hardest-hit areas of Brazil.
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On World Health Day (7 April), UN Women and partners are beginning the second phase of targeted communication efforts around women's rights in response to the Zika virus.
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Speech by UN Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the “Every Woman Every Child High-Level event: The Roadmap to Realizing Rights: Every Woman Every Child’s Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health”, 15 March, 2016, New York.