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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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Through a UN Women partnership with the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters, 20 stories produced by women community radio producers bring to life the realities women face 20 years after the Beijing Conference, heard by more than 8.7 million listeners worldwide.
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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 her message inaugurating the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women on 9 March, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka applauded global progress in the mission of empowering women but called on countries to lead substantial change towards gender equality in the next five years, in order to attain Planet 50-50 by 2030.
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Statement by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the High-level Thematic Debate on advancing gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, 6 March 2015 at UN Headquarters in New York.
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In celebrating 2015 as the European Year of Development, the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union is hosting a conference titled “Post-2015 and Beijing+20: Women’s Economic Empowerment and Sustainable Development –the Synthesis for Success” in Riga, Latvia from 2-4 March.
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In her key note speech at the Nordic Forum in Sweden, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says women’s collective action plays a critical role in holding decision-makers to account and advancing women’s rights.
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In a closing speech at the Nordiskt Forum in Sweden on New Action for Women’s Rights, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka calls for increased financing for gender equality to allow women and girls’ voice in their own lives.
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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.