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  • Advancing the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: The Eighth Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

    18 May 2009

    UNITED NATIONS — Some 2,000 indigenous representatives from all regions of the world, have gathered here for the eighth session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.
  • Monitoring the Census in Viet Nam to Ensure Quality in Data Collection

    11 May 2009

    HUNG YEN PROVINCE, Viet Nam - Today, Khai is not alone, as he usually is when he reviews the data he has collected. In fact, there are ten other people in the same room monitoring the data colle data collection. Khai´s supervisor, five UN staff, and representatives from the General Statistics Office and People´s Committee observe his work.  
  • UNFPA Boosts its Lifesaving Support for Pregnant Women Displaced by Sri Lanka Conflict

    07 May 2009

    COLOMBO — At least 3,000 pregnant women have fled the fighting in northern Sri Lanka in recent days and some 350 of them will give birth in the next month, according to estimates by UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund. With health services increasingly challenged by the influx of internally displaced persons, UNFPA is stepping up its support for the health and safety of women and girls affected by the conflict, particularly those who are pregnant.

Eight Case Studies

Programming to Address Violence Against Women

These case studies from Algeria, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe document best practices in ending gender-based violence.


Analyzing progress on the MDGs in Latin America and the Caribbean

Addressing Gender-based Violence This guide addresses how achieving each of the Millennium Development Goals will be facilitated by also applying the standards of the Programme of Action, because the two documents both overlap and supplement each other.


18 - 29 May 2009, UN Headquarters
United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

26 May 2009, New York
Film Night - Intercultural Reproductive Health in Latin America

1 June 2009, Economic and Social Council Chamber, United Nations
United Nations Population Award Ceremony

24 - 25 June 2009, London
Expert Group Meeting on Population Dynamics and Climate Change


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Portraits of War

This photography exhibition and educational campaign deals with the widespread sexual violence facing women and girls in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The exhibition features powerful life-size photographs and essays.

Joint Statement on Condoms

Condoms: A critical element in HIV prevention

Conclusive evidence from extensive research shows that correct and consistent condom use significantly reduces the risk of HIV transmission. The male latex condom remains the single, most efficient, available technology to reduce the sexual transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. Get the facts.


Ethiopia: A Family in Crisis

Life for Ayatu Nure has not turned out as he expected. Once a wealthy landowner, he followed the age-old tradition of his people, and took more than one wife. In fact, he took many wives! This story takes us to Ethiopia to see the family they created.

5:43 min. Posted 2009
Outcasts No More

For 20 years, Basbebe was an outcast within her home. Now her humiliating isolation has ended thanks to a determined doctor and a new program supported by UNFPA.

4:47 min. Posted 2009
Ecuador: Making Birth Choices

Ecuador passed a law giving women free maternal health care, but the challenge is getting some women to accept it.

3:03 min. Posted 2009
Supporting Pakistan's Earthquake Survivors

After the 2005 earthquake in Pakistan, many women had better access to reproductive health care than before the disaster.