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Escalation in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, and Israel

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Escalation in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, and Israel

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The State of the World's Midwifery 2021

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The State of the World’s Midwifery (SoWMy) 2021 builds on previous reports in the SoWMy series and represents an unprecedented effort to document the whole world’s Sexual, Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Adolescent Health (SRMNAH) workforce, with a particular focus on midwives. It calls for urgent investment in midwives to enable them to fulfil their potential to contribute towards UHC and the SDG agenda.

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State of World Population 2021 - My Body is My Own

State of World Population Report

Claiming the right to autonomy and self-determination

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MY BODY IS MY OWN

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Bodily autonomy means having the power and agency to make choices over our bodies and futures, without violence or coercion. This includes when, whether or with whom to have sex. It includes when, whether or with whom you want to become pregnant. It means the freedom to go to a doctor whenever you need one.
Yet women and girls—and indeed, all people—face constraints on their bodily autonomy. The consequences to their health, well-being and potential in life can be devastating. Intertwined with bodily autonomy is the right to bodily integrity, where people can live free from physical acts to which they do not consent.

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My Body is My Own - Claiming the right to autonomy and self-determination

State of World Population Report

We have the inherent right to choose what we do with our body, to ensure its protection and care, to pursue its expression. The quality of our lives depends on it. In fact, our lives themselves depend on it. 

The right to the autonomy of our bodies means that we have the power and agency to make choices, without fear of violence or having someone else decide for us. It means being able to decide whether, when or with whom to have sex. It means making your own decisions about when or whether you want to become pregnant. It means the freedom to go to a doctor whenever you need one. 

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Syria Crisis: 10 Years On Fact Sheet

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In 2021, Syria faces an unprecedented crisis. Years of instability, a worsening economic situation, funding shortfalls, and the COVID-19 pandemic have converged to place lives at risk, with women and girls continuing to bear the brunt of these challenges. The situation is a stark reminder that the international community must continue to support the needs with tailored programmes. 

This fact sheet provides an overview of the crisis 10 years on and the escalating needs on the ground, both inside Syria and throughout the region. The fact sheet also provides information on UNFPA’s priorities and funding requirements for 2021. 

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Women at the Centre: Joint cash-based assistance for women’s food security, nutrition, health and protection in Syria

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Women at the Centre: Joint cash-based assistance for women’s food security, nutrition, health and protection in Syria

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OVERVIEW OF FUNDING NEEDS UNFPA REGIONAL SYRIA CRISIS RESPONSE - 21

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Ten years on, the crisis in Syria is worse than it has been in years. Protracted instability and disruptions in community networks, a worsening economic crisis, and the COVID-19 pandemic have converged to create an unprecedented situation, further placing the lives, dignity, and fundamental freedoms of Syrians at risk. An estimated 13.4 million people remain in humanitarian need inside Syria, including 3.6 million women and girls of reproductive age, while more than 11.7 million people — half of the Syrian population — remains internally displaced or are living as refugees in host communities throughout the region.

Women and girls continue to suffer the worst impacts of the crisis. It is estimated that — among those in need — close to 7 million are women and girls of reproductive age and close to half a million are pregnant, requiring access to quality sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services. Meanwhile, gender-based violence continues to be a daily threat, with harassment, family violence, child and forced marriage, and sexual exploitation remaining consistent trends. With COVID-19 taking hold throughout the country and in refugee communities region-wide, these challenges have only worsened, be it due to further restrictions on movement and access to services, or due to negative coping mechanisms and harmful practices as communities struggle to meet their basic needs

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UNFPA Regional Situation Report for the Syria Crisis - January 2021

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UNFPA Regional Situation Report for the Syria Crisis - January 2021

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Beyond Numbers: Improving the Gathering of Gender-Based Violence Data to Inform Humanitarian Responses

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This Knowledge Series guide provides a roadmap for producing in-depth gender-based violence analyses to inform humanitarian responses.

 

It is widely acknowledged that prevalence data is not necessary for establishing effective gender-based violence responses. As such, this guide aims to inform gender-based violence (GBV) responders, GBV coordinators, and humanitarian actors on how to collect GBV data safely to inform humanitarian responses, especially in contexts where available information on GBV is limited.

 

The content of this guide is based on the experience of the Whole of Syria GBV Area of Responsibility (AoR) which, over the six years prior to the publication of this guide, has annually produced one of the most positively-reviewed and evaluated in-depth analyses of gender-based violence in a humanitarian context, called Voices from Syria. The guide covers the essential steps taken to gather GBV data - from conducting assessments, analysing data and producing the report. Included in the guide is an in-depth description of the methodology that can be used to collect qualitative data, the reasons for adopting said methodology, and a detailed description of the key role that a publication like Voices from Syria can serve in informing programme design and advocacy. Challenges and lessons learned throughout the process have also been shared to help inform any replication of the methodology. Lastly, a section for COVID-19 has been added at the end of the guidance to provide recommendations on how to adapt data collection in light of the various restrictions and considerations brought about by the pandemic.

 

The guide is for gender-based violence coordinators or specialists who need to gather information on gender-based violence, particularly through the use of qualitative data. The data gathered can be fed into humanitarian needs overviews (HNOs), which in turn can inform the whole humanitarian response, be it protracted or acute. Most importantly, this guide can help in the development of products that serve to amplify the voices of women and girls and ensure that these voices directly inform the programmes that are designed to serve them.

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