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26 October 2016

Working as one to address child marriage

The Census 2011 figures indicate that Rajasthan ranks third among all states in India with respect to prevalence of child marriage. Approximately 7.2 lakh girls in Rajasthan were married before age... Read more

17 October 2016

Access to quality sexual and reproductive health care can help end extreme poverty : Dr Babatunde Osotimehin

To eradicate poverty – like any other goal to improve the human condition – we need to fully understand the world’s demographics.  Poor countries with burgeoning youth populations may find it... Read more

11 July 2016

Inspiring stories, urgent needs: Asian youth leaders demand more action for teenage girls

  Bangkok – “Laying there in the cold and dark at the age of nine, I didn't know why my mum had to suffer this violence,” says Rachana Sunar, recalling a fearful childhood in Nepal’s far west, in a... Read more

29 April 2016

Investing in girls: Cash incentives help promote gender equality in India

PUNJAB, India – “I am getting financial support for my education from the government, whereas my brother, who is studying in the same school as me, is not eligible for that,” says Guneet*, an... Read more

7 March 2016

Passage to change: Empowering adolescent girls this International Women’s Day

UDAIPUR district, India – In India, 47 per cent of women ages 20-24 married before they were 18. In rural, tribal regions of Udaipur district, the rate of child marriage is 56 per cent. Few of the... Read more

8 June 2015

Dependent, deprived: Child brides in India tell their stories

MADHYA PRADESH/RAJASTHAN, India – “I was 16 and never missed a day at school,” recalled Komal, who was forced to drop out of school and become a child bride. “I had to leave it all as my parents had... Read more

28 November 2014
Ending violence and discrimination against women

Ending violence and discrimination against women: A call to action in India and around the world

DELHI/NEW YORK – "Today, there is no country in the world, not one, where women and girls live free from violence," said UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, in a statement marking the... Read more

12 November 2014

Joint Statement on the tragic deaths and injuries sustained by women undergoing surgical contraception in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh

UNITED NATIONS, New York - Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, and Tewodros Melesse, Director-... Read more

7 January 2014

India Launches National Adolescent Health Strategy

NEW DELHI—Recognizing the critical health concerns facing adolescents and the broad benefits of addressing them, the Indian Government today... Read more

18 November 2013

New Report Reviews Key Laws on Women and Girls and Their Impact on Son Preference In India

UNITED NATIONS, New York, 12 November 2013—Today, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, joined the United Nations system in declaring a level 3... Read more