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Jaisalmer, also known as the golden city of India, distinguished by its yellow sandstone architecture lies in the heart of the Thar Desert (the Great Indian Desert). It is the largest district in the state of Rajasthan with a population of about 0.6 million (Census 2011).

The golden glow of the district diminishes when we realise that it has a high incidence of home deliveries and a low percentage of antenatal and postnatal care (NFHS 2015-2016). Child marriages are rampant and the sex ratio is highly skewed (Census 2011). Jaisalmer suffers from acute shortage of human resource in the health sector particularly specialists at the secondary and tertiary healthcare level because of its remote location far from the capital city of Jaipur.

In the year 2013 UNFPA decided to take up the cudgels for women’s health in this region in partnership with the District Administration and State Health Department. This was a turning point for Jaisalmer.

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For the first time, a United Nations report focuses on bodily autonomy - the power and agency to make choices about your body without fear of violence or having someone else decide for you. A serious lack of bodily autonomy has had far-reaching implications much beyond the profound harm to individual women and girls that include potentially depressing economic productivity, undercutting skills, and extra costs to health care and judicial systems.

Nearly half the women from 57 developing countries do not have the right to decide regarding their bodies including using contraception, seeking health care, or even on their sexuality.

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Former Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) of India, Dr S.Y. Quraishi’s book The Population Myth seeks to cover the facts, figures and myths about the prevalence of family planning practices among Muslims in India.

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The sex ratio at birth (SRB) in India has become more masculine in the recent decades. The imbalance in sex ratios stems from strong son preference combined with declining fertility, and the availability of and access to sonographic scanning during pregnancy. The practice of gender biased sex selection continues even though India has enacted laws banning the use of pre-natal diagnostic techniques for sex detection.

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Every year, millions of girls are subjected to practices that harm them physically and emotionally, with the full knowledge and consent of their families, friends and communities. Such practices result in acute and often irreversible harm but may be accepted as normal, even beneficial.

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The study supported by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and published by the Institute for Human Development (IHD), analyses the relationship between the pattern of migration and the pattern of development, looking at both demographic and economic variables.

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This report captures the unique essence, substance and outcomes of the Nairobi Summit on ICPD25: Accelerating the Promise, co-convened by the governments of Kenya, Denmark and UNFPA on 12-14 November, 2019.

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A step towards establishing a conducive environment for girls and women under the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao rogramme (Save the Girl Child, Educate the Girl Child)

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Balancing Sex ratios- Pathways to change

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In an attempt to establish a socially smart city where people centric interventions are steered through youth and community engagement programmes, UNFPA, Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited (BSCL) and Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) joined hands in 2017 for the Smart City Mission. 

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