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17 October 2017
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Worlds Apart

In today’s world, gaps in wealth have grown shockingly wide. Billions of people linger at the bottom, denied their human rights and prospects for a better life. At the top, resources and privileges... Read more

11 October 2017
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What does gender inequality look like? These five girls can tell you. Illustration by Bodil Jane for UNFPA.

Girls speak out on inequality

  UNITED NATIONS, New York – Despite years of efforts and advances, full gender equality has yet to be realized. There is not one country in the world free of gender-based violence or discrimination... Read more

4 October 2017
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Dr. Natalia Kanem Appointed UNFPA Executive Director

Dr. Natalia Kanem Executive Director On 3 October 2017, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres appointed Dr. Natalia Kanem Executive Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund.... Read more

20 March 2017
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A community leader makes his way to the tent of a pregnant 14-year-old former child bride. “I am worried about the delivery,” said the girl’s father. © UNFPA/David Brunett

Girls in crisis settings overlooked for life-saving care, say health advocates

UNITED NATIONS, New York/BEIRUT, Lebanon – “To be pregnant in the middle of a humanitarian setting is already a dangerous situation, but for girls aged 15 to 19 the risk of pregnancy-related death... Read more

12 February 2017
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An outraged passer bye tries to get the young bride's attention during a staged photo shoot drawing attention to the issue of child marriage in Lebanon. © KAFA (enough) Violence & Exploitation, Lebanon

Say #IDONT to fight child marriage this Valentine's Day

UNITED NATIONS, New York/Beirut, Lebanon – Standing several inches shy of her middle-aged groom’s shoulder, the 12-year-old bride, outfitted in a child-size white wedding gown and veil, stiffly... Read more

30 January 2017
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New study finds child marriage rising among most vulnerable Syrian refugees

A girl dresses as a bride for a march against child marriage and gender-based violence in Jezzine, Lebanon. © RET Liban United Nations, New York/Beirut, Lebanon – An alarming rise in child... Read more

12 July 2016
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Mother and Child Say "No" to Child Marriage in Zaatari

Mother and Child Say "No" to Child Marriage in Zaatari

  Saba’s smile can brighten a whole room, or the caravan that she shares with her family in Zaatari camp for refugees in Jordan. The 16 year old dynamic Syrian young woman lives in the camp with her... Read more

5 January 2016
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Say #IDONT to fight child marriage this Valentine's Day

Syrian refugees in front of the tent where Haneen and her family previously lived in southern Lebanon. © UNFPA/David Brunetti NABATIEH, Lebanon – In late 2013, Haneen, now 14, fled Syria with her... Read more

11 March 2015
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A girl peeks from her one-room shelter in an informal settlment for Syrian refugees in Al-Marj, Lebanon. Desperation has pushed some Syrian refugee families to see child marriage as a way to relieve economic pressures. © UNFPA/ David Brunetti

Brushes and blushes: Livelihood skills help Syrian refugee escape child marriage

CHOUEIFAT, Lebanon – When Hiam, a 13-year-old Syrian refugee living in Lebanon, learned her parents wanted her to marry a complete stranger, she felt helpless. But she saw a way out after hearing of... Read more

13 November 2013
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A Family Secret

            At the end of the discussion, a lady, making sure all the participants had left the room, approached us, shyly. She asked “are you going to talk about violence happening at home?”. The... Read more

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