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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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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.
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In a statement, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says the public response to the Zika virus epidemic must recognize its impact on women’s lives, and ensure that their health and social needs are met. She stresses UN Women’s efforts to ensure that women are empowered, their contributions recognized, and their rights and health—including sexual and reproductive rights—kept firmly at the centre of the response.
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In the wake of the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal on 25 April, which according to Government reports has caused more than 5,000 deaths and left more than 10,000 people injured, a flash appeal was issued by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in collaboration with the Office of the Humanitarian Coordinator and partners.
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In an editorial, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and the Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund, Babatunde Osotimehin, stress that 20 years after the Cairo population conference, there is still much to achieve for women's empowerment.
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As the UN Secretary-General launches the latest annual report on progress towards the MDGs, a look at the impact of each of the eight goals on women and girls, as well as UN Women’s efforts to address remaining challenges.
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Remarks by UN Women Acting Head and Assistant Secretary-General Lakshmi Puri at a meeting hosted by H4+ and the Inter-agency Task Team on the Prevention and Treatment of HIV among Pregnant Women, Mothers and Children, during the Women Deliver Conference, 29 May 2013, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
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Press Statement by UN Women Acting Head Lakshmi Puri at the Women Deliver Conference in Malaysia, 28 May.
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More than 50 government, civil society, academic and United Nations experts came together for a meeting coordinated by the African Union (AU) in partnership with UN Women from 24 to 26 April in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to review key frameworks and initiatives on maternal and newborn child health and recommend actions for reduction of maternal and child deaths in Africa.
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A programme in seven countries advances efforts to reduce maternal and child mortality highlighting the links between violence against women and maternal health, and training midwives and community health workers to bring long-term change.
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Press release by UNICEF, UNFPA, UN Women, WHO, United Nations Foundation and civil society organization. Between 2011 and 2020, more than 140 million girls will become child brides, according to United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
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Speech by Michelle Bachelet, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, at the event “Empowering Girls through Education, New York, 11 October 2012, on the occasion of the first International Day of the Girl Child.
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Remarks by Michelle Bachelet at the General Assembly H4+ side event on progress of Secretary-General's Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health. 24 September, New York.
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Statement by Michelle Bachelet Executive Director of UN Women at the Inaugural dinner of the Harvard Ministerial Health Leaders' Forum. Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts. 3 June 2012.
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Women infected and affected by HIV face persistent challenges as a result of their gender. Each year as many as 42,000 HIV-affected women die from complications relating to HIV and pregnancy alone, and many others struggle to access prevention, treatment, care and support services.
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Statement by UN Women Commission on Population and Development Forty-Fifth session 23-27 April 2012.
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Speech delivered by UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet at the opening of the 56th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, 27 February 2012, at UN headquarters in New York.
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We know that when you invest in girls' education, in primary and secondary education, we will see an important drop in early pregnancy and that will lead to a reduction in maternal mortality. This is important because many maternal deaths in developing countries take place when the girls are between 15 and 19 years old.