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UNFPA is the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency. Our mission is to deliver a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person's potential is fulfilled ensuring rights and choices for all. Alligned with the post-2015 development agenda and the global framework of the Sustainable Develppment Goals, UNFPA expands the possibilities for womn and young people to lead healthy and productive lives.

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UNFPA partnered with Centre for Women’s Development Studies (CWDS) to explore the current situation in select sites in Haryana and Maharashtra, with different histories of sex selection, in order to get a better sense of what is changing and why.

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Girl's empowerment and well-being: A pathway to sustainable and smart cities

UNFPA and SNEHA were involved in an 18 month long journey with young adolescent girls from the slum communities of Kalwa in the Thane district of Maharashtra. This document  attempts to celebrate the spirit of that journey by sharing the processes involved and the innovations and stories of change that emerged at the individual level. The stories compiled are those where girls have felt empowered, stories where girls experienced joy and happiness, tales where they have made an attempt to bring about small changes in the community and have become agents of change. These stories were collected in the last four months of the programme, between January and April 2018. Some of these are about lives of individuals while others are based on discussions with small groups of girls.
These narratives aim to bring out the processes involved in implementing the programme. Consent of individuals was sought to include their stories, quotes and pictures.

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Winds of change short story book

The Action for Adolescent Girls (AAG) programme of UNFPA is reaching out to some of the most marginalized adolescent girls across a dozen countries. In India, AAG is being implemented in select tribal districts of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Odisha.

In Madhya Pradesh, the project is known as Samriddhi (prosperity). A partnership between SBI Foundation and UNFPA, Samriddhi spans 150 villages in the Bijawar and Badamalhara blocks of Chhatarpur District.

Vikas Gupta, the social media moderator at the UNFPA India country office, visited Chhatarpur to document the progress of the project. While he brought back detailed notes and countless photographs, this memoir is about those little discoveries that rarely make it to project reports.


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The proposed ninth country programme (2018-2022) of the UNFPA responds to the national priorities articulated by the National Institution for Transforming India. It will contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the unfinished agenda of the International Conference on Population and Development, and is aligned with the priorities of the United Nations Sustainable Development Framework 2018-2022.

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India ageing report 2017

This report takes stock of ageing situation in India, some of the concerns and policy and programmatic responses. It also presents good case studies and practices on elderly care across states.

The report starts with outlaying the demographic, demographic and socio-economic status of the elderly, which include work force participation, income security, living arrangements, health status, non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and associated services and cost issues, disability, gender concerns and some key concerns in accessing social welfare services especially those meant for the elderly. The analysis highlights the vulnerability faced by the elderly (particularly the large proportion of widowed women). Poor health and morbidity due to increasing NCDs is one of the concerns. The challenge lies for the society and government to reduce vulnerability and improve overall well-being of the elderly. 

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The causes of Gender Biased Sex Selection (GBSS) are well known. However, the unfolding consequences of this harmful practice are still being studied. We are thankful to the UNFPA India Country Office for having agreed to our proposal to research three themes focusing on the correlates and consequences of GBSS. These themes focus on: the role of class and education in explaining India’s gender imbalance trajectory, the present and future contours of the marriage squeeze, and the relationship between crime rates and sex ratio imbalances. Bringing together quantitative and qualitative data, the three papers shed light on hitherto unexplored dimensions of the GBSS phenomenon.

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This paper is part of a technical paper series covering interconnections between sex ratio and marriage squeeze; class and education; and crime rates
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This paper analyzes the effect of adult sex ratio on violent crimes and crimes against women for 18 Indian states in the time period 1995–2014. Contrary to
existing literature and speculation, we obtain a negative relationship between sex ratio and crime rates for both violent crimes and crimes against women, i.e, as
the sex ratio rises to become more skewed in the favour of males, crime rates fall. A strong positive relationship is seen between crimes against women and the gap
between male and female years of education.
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gender based violence evaluation

This country note for India is one of four field-based case studies intended to inform a global thematic assessment of UNFPA’s support to the prevention, response to and elimination of GBV, including harmful practices, within both development and humanitarian settings. The overall evaluation will inform the implementation of the next UNFPA strategic cycle (2018-2021) through assessing and identifying key strategic positions, gaps and opportunities for UNFPA’s work in this area, gathering lessons learned, capturing good practices and generating knowledge from past and current cooperation focusing on the period 2012-2017.

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