Tag Archives: girls

Expanding health worker roles to help improve access to safe abortion and post-abortion care: WHO launches new guideline

Around 22 million unsafe abortions are estimated to take place worldwide each year, almost all in low- and middle-income countries. Adolescent girls and those who are poor, unmarried, less educated, and who live in rural contexts are particularly at risk of unsafe abortion. Even though safe, simple, effective primary health-care level interventions exist, many women still do not have access to them, placing their lives unnecessarily at risk. Continue reading

Security for all – a collective responsibility

As Fiji dug deep in a collective soul-searching exercise over the brutal rape of a nine-year-old in broad daylight, a group comprising civil society actors, legislators, senior civil servants, security officers, academics, and other observers including youth representatives gathered in Suva for a two-day symposium: Security partnerships: Future challenges for Fiji. Continue reading

Ending violence against women toolkit first of its kind in the Pacific

EVAW Toolkit UNW_FINALcompressed-coverSuva, Fiji – Are’tiki is like many other Pacific towns and villages. Women face a number of challenges including fewer educational and economic opportunities, limited access to reproductive health services, poor representation in decision-making and high rates of violence. But when Are’tiki Women’s Association Programme Officer, Moana, found out that the rape of a young woman by her boyfriend was not an isolated incident, she decided to Continue reading

Secretary-General Report: Women, the girl child and HIV and AIDS

In its resolution 56/5, the Commission on the Status of Women requested the Secretary-General to report to the Commission at its fifty-eighth session on the situation of women, the girl child and HIV and AIDS,1 with an emphasis on accelerated actions taken, in accordance with the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development, the 2006 and 2011 Political Declarations on HIV/AIDS and the 2011 Commitments on HIV/AIDS. Continue reading

Literacy rates are rising, but women and girls continue to lag behind

Young women attending an adult literacy class in Makthar. 01 January 1990 Makthar, TunisiaAccording to new data released by UNESCO, literacy rates for adults and youth continue to rise. Young women aged 15-24 are making the strongest gains, but still lag behind young men. In 2011, 87% of female youth had basic literacy skills, compared to 92% of males. Overall, more than half of countries with data have youth literacy rates of 95% or higher.  Continue reading