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11 Oct 2017 - EmPOWER girls: before, during and after crises

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Statement of UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem

for the International Day of the Girl Child

Girls today enjoy better life prospects than previous generations in many ways. Prosperity and nutrition are improving, child marriage and teenage pregnancy are declining, and female educational attainment and participation in the labour force are on the rise.

However, these advances are far from universal and are increasingly tenuous in many parts of the world. The poorest—particularly girls—are often left behind, their rights undermined. 

They get less education, have fewer opportunities and are more likely to take jobs that pay less and involve more risk than girls who are economically better off. In addition to the social forces against them, girls continue to face high levels of gender-based violence, unwanted pregnancies, and unsafe deliveries. One in four girls will be married before she is 18, and one in five adolescent girls aged 15-19 will give birth.

And because of entrenched gender inequalities, disasters and conflict can make a bad situation even worse for girls.  They and their families, struggling to survive, are left with few choices, leaving girls even more vulnerable to child marriage, sexual- and gender-based violence, including trafficking, rape and sexual slavery. They are faced with the cruel reality of heightened risks to their sexual and reproductive health and diminished access to critical health care.

Despite these challenges, many girls manage to play a critical role in their homes and communities, even in crises. They are often the first responders who care for their families and establish networks that produce the social capital and resilience communities need to survive. Protecting and promoting their rights, health, and well-being is therefore an essential element of crisis preparedness, effective response and recovery. 

UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, works towards ensuring that girls are healthy, empowered and, thus, more resilient in the face of crises and in the rebuilding of their societies. UNFPA supports the development of more inclusive health, education, and empowerment programmes that are age- and gender-responsive, often girl-led, and enhance the voices of girls at the community level.

From creating safe spaces, to providing sexual and reproductive health information and services, to facilitating youth leadership and participation, we and our partners are innovating to reach, engage and empower adolescent girls and to ensure that we respond not just to their needs, but to their aspirations.

As part of UNFPA's transformational goals, we will continue working with our partners to end violence against girls, including child marriage and female genital mutilation. We will work to ensure that all girls, everywhere, enjoy their full spectrum of rights and have the opportunities they need to fulfill their potential.

Today and every day, let us support the power of girls before, during and after crises to build better futures for themselves and their communities.


مرداد 96 - پیام خانم دکتر ناتالیا کانم، مدیر اجرایی موقت صندوق جمعیت سازمان ملل متحد روز جهانی بشردوستی

هر زنی این حق را دارد که تصمیم بگیرد چه هنگام باردار شود، زایمانی ایمن داشته باشد و در مقابل خشونت های جنسی محافظت شود. هر روز، زنان و دختران بسیاری که زندگیشان بخاطر جنگ، درگیری ها و بلایای طبیعی دگرگون شده، از این حقوق بهره ای نمی برند.  

 نظام های سلامت و حاکمیت قانون بر اثر کشمکش ها، بی ثباتی و ناامنی، فرو می پاشند. وقتی چنین اتفاقی رخ میدهد، زنان در سنین بارداری با مخاطراتی چون بارداری های ناخواسته، معلولیت و یا مرگ ناشی از زایمان های بدون نظارت پزشک و ماما، روبرو میشوند. در چنین وضعیت های نابسامانی، زنان و دختران بطور فزاینده ای در معرض آسیب پذیری بر اثر خشونت های جنسی قرار میگیرند.    

پاسخ های بشردوستانه هرگز نباید نیازهای ویژه و آسیب پذیری زنان و دختران را در شرایط بحرانی مورد غفلت قرار دهد.زندگی و  مرگ یک زن در بحران ها به دسترسی وی به خدمات حیاتی سلامت باروری، مانند مراقبت اورژانس و نظام های ارجاع شبانه روزی در موارد اضطراری، بستگی دارد.

صندوق جمعیت سازمان ملل متحد، خدمات نجاتبخش بهداشت باروری را به میلیون ها زن و دختر ارایه داده و در زمینه پیشگیری و پاسخگویی به خشونت های جنسیتی در 56 کشور در شرایط بحران، کار میکند.    

 اما چالش ها فراوانند، و صندوق جمعیت سازمان ملل نمیتواند به تنهایی به تمامی نیازهای موجود برای این نوع خدمات پاسخ دهد. کنش و همکاری جمعی برای اطمینان از اینکه هر زنی، فارغ از اینکه پناهنده است و یا در کشور خود آواره شده، حیاتی است و میتواند از بارداری  های ناخواسته جلوگیری کرده و زایمان ایمن و زندگی به دور از خشونت را برای زنان به ارمغان بیاورد.




19 August 2017 - Message of UNFPA Acting Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem World Humanitarian Day

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Every woman has the right to decide whether or when she will become pregnant, to give birth safely and to be protected from gender-based violence. Yet every day, untold millions of women and girls, whose lives have been upended by wars, conflicts or natural disasters, cannot enjoy these rights.

Health systems and the rule of law collapse under the weight of conflict, instability and insecurity. When this happens, women in their childbearing years face heightened risk of unintended pregnancy, disability or death from delivering without the help of a doctor or midwife. Women and girls also are increasingly vulnerable to rape and sexual exploitation.
Humanitarian response must never neglect the special needs and vulnerabilities of women and girls. Whether a woman lives or dies in a crisis can depend on whether she has access to critical sexual and reproductive health services, such as emergency obstetric care and 24/7 referral systems for emergencies. 
UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, provides life-saving sexual and reproductive health services to millions of women and girls and works to prevent and respond to gender-based violence in 56 countries in crisis. 
But the challenges are enormous, and UNFPA cannot by itself meet all the ever-growing need for services. Collective action is essential to ensure that every woman, regardless of whether she is a refugee or displaced within her country, can prevent an unintended pregnancy, can give birth safely and can live free from violence.

13 August 2017 - Statement by UNFPA Acting Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem for International of Youth

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Peace depends on the participation of young people

Young people have the potential to act as greater forces for positive social change and to build the foundation for a just and peaceful world.

Today’s generation of youth has come of age in an era of crisis, conflict and disaster. Yet, it has largely been excluded from national and global efforts to prevent and resolve conflicts.

Building peaceful, cohesive and resilient societies requires the full and meaningful participation of young people. Investing in them in ways that build their capabilities and creating opportunities that will enable them to realize their full potential in life are a prerequisite for their engagement in civic affairs.

If we want a more peaceful world, we can no longer afford to leave young people behind. We must listen to and work with them.

UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, remains committed to supporting the efforts of governments and civil society to develop our greatest asset, young people, who can help us move closer to our shared vision for a world free of conflict and violence.



تیر 96 - همایش منطقه ای سالمندی جمعیت و پیامدهای مرتبط با سیاست گذاری امروز، 16 تیر با 2 بازدید از مراکز سالمندان ادامه پیدا کرد

مرکز آموزش و توانبخشی روزانه سالمندان شمس، یک مرکز خصوصی در شهر تبریز می باشد که توسط سازمان بهزیستی حمایت می شود وخدمات تخصصی، آموزشی، هنری و تفریحی به زنان سالمند ارائه می دهد. این مرکز درمنزل شخصی واقع شده و توسط خانم جوان روانشناس اداره میگردد. علاوه بر خدمات فوق، خدمات روانشناسی و فیزیوتراپی نیز در اختیار سالمندان قرار میگیرد. مدیر این مرکز توضیح می دهد:" ما یک روانشناس، یک پزشک به صورت پاره وقت و یک متخصص کاردرمانی داریم." این مرکز حدودا به 50 سالمند خدمات ارائه می دهد. یک زن سالمند 80 ساله می گوید:  "من برای ورزش کردن، شادی کردن و گاهی اوقات گفتگو با دوستانم به این مرکز می آیم.".

هنگام ورود هیات بازدید کننده، تعدادی از سالمندان با نشاطی فراوان مشغول نرمش در حیاط بودند. بازدید کنندگان در هوای گرم تبریز با یک لیوان نوشیدنی سرد و نان تازه که توسط سالمندان تهیه شده بود مورد استقبال قرار گرفتند. انواع مرباهای خانگی دست پخت سالمندان، در آشپزخانه برای فروش چیده شده بود.

خانه سالمندان نسیم جزئی از مجموعه فیاض بخش می باشد که به معلولین و سالمندان خدمات شبانه روزی ارائه می هد و تعامل این دو گروه باعث پویایی  و نشاط محیط می شود. این مجموعه توسط خیرین و سازمان بهزیستی حمایت مالی می گردد.

آقای دکترارشدزاده، مدیرکل سازمان بهزیستی استان آذربایجان شرقی، توضیح می دهد که خانه سالمندان نسیم ظرفیت پذیرش 50 زن سالمند که فاقد حمایت خانوادگی می باشند، را دارد. این مرکز از خدمات 9 پرستار، یک دندانپزشک، یک پزشک، و 3 روانشناس بهره مند می باشد.

بازدید دوم با پذیرایی و اجرای سرود توسط گروهی اززنان معلول خاتمه یافت. خانم دکتر لیلا جودان، نماینده صندوق جمعیت ملل متحد در ایران  از مقامات و کارمندان این مرکز صمیمانه تشکر کرد.



5 July 2017 - The Regional Forum on Ageing ends with field visits of Rehabilitation Centers and Nursing Homes.

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Tabriz, 5 July 2017-The Regional Forum on Policy Implication of Population Ageing continued today with field visits of a day rehabilitation center, and a nursing home in Tabriz.

The Shams Rehabilitation and Educational center is a private day care facility in the city of Tabriz, partially subsidized by the Welfare Organization, and providing specialized recreational, artistic, and educational services for older women.  The center, a privately owned house, managed by a young psychologist lady also offers psychological services and physical therapy. “We have a psychologist, a visiting physician, and an occupational therapist”, explains the manager. The center has approximately 50 visiting members. “I come here to exercise, to dance, and sometimes to chat with friends”, says one 80-year old woman. 

When the forum participants arrived at the center, a few cheerful members were exercising in the entrance courtyard. The visitors were warmly welcomed with cold melon juice and freshly baked bread.  Colorful home-made jams were placed for sale in the kitchen.

The Nassim Mehr Nursing Home is part of the Fayyaz Bakhsh Complex for disabled people.  The complex sits on the green grounds of the Welfare Organization, and provides services for disabled and older women, where the interaction between the two groups generates liveliness and dynamism.

Nassim Mehr Nursing Home is mainly funded by private donors and charities, and is subsidized by the Welfare Organization.  Mr. Arshadzadeh, Director General of East Azarbaijan Welfare Organization, explained that the nursing home has the capacity for 50 older women who do not have any kind of family support.  The nursing home has 9 nurses, 1 dentist, 1 physician and 3 psychologists, and offers services 24/7. The visit ended by fruits and cold drinks, and a song performance by a group of women.  Dr. Leila Joudane, UNFPA Representative, warmly thanked the staff and authorities for organizing such a fruitful visit.


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