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The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) agency of the United Nations and leads the global effort to achieve a world where every pregnancy is wanted; every child birth is safe; and every woman and girl lives a life free from violence and abuse. UNFPA promotes the right of every woman, man and child to enjoy a life of health and equal opportunity, and applies a human rights and culturally sensitive approach, supported by evidence-based advocacy and policy dialogue to address issues of sexual and reproductive health, gender equality, youth and population dynamics. UNFPA’s work is guided by its aim to achieve three transformative results by 2030: zero preventable maternal deaths, zero unmet need for family planning, and zero gender-based violence and harmful practices.

UNFPA Sub-Regional Office for the Caribbean serves 22 countries and overseas territories in the English and Dutch-Speaking Caribbean. These include: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Curacao, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, St Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and the Turks and Caicos Islands. Increasing national capacities to advocate for and deliver policies and programmes for access to integrated and quality sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and gender-based violence information and services is at the heart of UNFPA’s support in the Caribbean.

 

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Spotlight Catalogue of Services Image

The Catalogue of Services acts as a resource guide for victims and survivors of gender based violence seeking support services to enhance their economic security, and increased autonomy and well-being, thus making them less dependent on their abusive partners. Further, it is a resource for service providers and first responders to have access to information as they respond to individuals and families affected by family violence. The Catalogue will strengthen and complement the existing sources of information that are available to survivors to improve their social, psychological and physical wellbeing. It is hoped that survivors will use the information in the Catalogue to increase their employability and their capacity to generate a higher income.

 

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Defying the practices that harm women and girls and undermine equality

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.

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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.

It is launched at a particularly challenging time for sexual and reproductive health and rights worldwide. As countries around the world grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, we see just how critical the issues highlighted at the Summit are.

Six months after the Summit, countries are already taking steps to make good on their Nairobi commitments. We see increasing calls to prioritize the rights, health and safety of women and girls, including the recent joint ministerial statement on behalf of 59 countries calling for the protection of sexual and reproductive health and rights and promoting gender-responsiveness in the COVID-19 crisis.

 

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The COVID-19 pandemic, through a gender lens

Diseases affect men and women differently. A new eight-page technical brief from the Gender and Human Rights Branch, COVID-19: A Gender Lens, provides key messages and recommendations on how to protect sexual and reproductive health and rights and promote gender equality during this pandemic.

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“What a day when war becomes a thing of the past and peace, we will have it at last and life is finally worth its cost”, sang international recording artiste and GBV survivor Tanya Stephens. She was performing at the national launch of the EU-funded and UN-led Spotlight Initiative against Family Violence, after sharing her own experiences of sexual violence.

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The UNFPA Humanitarian Action 2020 Overview describes global needs for women, girls and young people who have been affected by humanitarian crises. It also showcases priorities for UNFPA's global humanitarian action

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165 Million Reasons: A call for investment
in adolescents and youth in Latin America
and the Caribbean.

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Fifty years ago, it was hard for women to obtain contraception and relatively easy to die giving birth. Many women were unable to decide whom and when to marry, and when or whether to have children.

A worldwide movement to give women real choices in life culminated in the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), where a consensus was reached about the links between women’s empowerment, sexual and reproductive health, and rights and sustainable development.

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State of the World Population 2018

The Power of Choice – Reproductive Rights and the Demographic Transition

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