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The magnitude of gender-based violence in Papua New Guinea is of epidemic proportions and continues to be a major human rights violation.

The problem is exacerbated by cultural and traditional practices and beliefs that have been misinterpreted to discriminate against and violate the rights of women and and adolescent girls in society. There is also a culture of silence and acceptance around gender-based violence.

It is largely men and boys who perpetrate violence against women and adolescent girls and they have a critical and important role to play in the ending violence. Read more to find out how.He

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The COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating the risk of violence against women and girls. Movement restrictions including curfews, quarantines and reduced public transport confine people to a limited shared space which adds stress on relationships inside the home. This, combined with anxieties related to the health and economic consequences of COVID-19 are associated with increases in intimate partner violence against women and girls. Movement restrictions limit a survivor's ability to escape and seek support, which entrenches perpetrator impunity.

We must ensure all gender-based survivors can access services at all times, including during pandemics and emergencies.

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Adolescence is a time of vast transformation. It is a time of rapid physical, social and emotional change. It can be empowering and exciting, but it is also a time when inequality is intensified.

During adolescence, dominant gender norms which undermine and devalue girls are formed and the power imbalance between girls and boys is defined. This often results in oppression, discrimination, and violence against girls.

Girls are often denied equal opportunities, including education and participation in social activities. They are expected to be domestic and look after the house and the family, which interrupts schooling and impairs important social friendships.

Adolescence is a unique time and critical for forming and enacting values and social norms. We must recognise that adolescent girls are a distinct group that require distinct support - not just for them, but also for future generations.

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UNFPA’s approach to upholding the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of adolescents and youth is encapsulated in its global strategy My Body, My Life, My World. The strategy was launched in 2019 to reaffirm and operationalize UNFPA’s commitment to adolescent and youth SRHR 25 years after the International Conference on Population and Development affirmed the rights of girls, women and couples to choice and health.

At the start of 2020, the world was confronted by a pandemic in the form of COVID-19. The pandemic is having a tremendous effect on young people’s lives, health and well-being. Its short-term impacts have already been devastating because of the large-scale interruption of employment, formal and informal education and learning, and health and social services. However, the medium- and long-term impacts could be irreparable if adequate measures are not taken to guarantee adolescents’ and youth’s basic rights to health, safety, choice and voice.

In order to safeguard these rights, UNFPA is supporting countries to reimagine, adapt and supplement the diverse range of interventions already undertaken across country contexts. Recognizing the complexity of this undertaking, the current package of technical briefs provides practical guidance in modular form to facilitate these adaptations. The briefs can be read and applied as a whole set or individually, depending on the context.

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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.

The Nairobi Summit set a clear direction for the path ahead, and our forward march continues. It’s time to finally deliver concrete results for women and girls, and ensure that no one is left behind in the final push to 2030 and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Disease outbreaks affect women and men differently, and pandemics make existing inequalities for women and girls and discrimination of other marginalized groups such as persons with disabilities and those in extreme poverty, worse. This needs to be considered, given the different impacts surrounding detection and access to treatment for women and men.

Women represent 70 percent of the health and social sector workforce globally and special attention should be given to how their work environment may expose them to discrimination, as well as thinking about their sexual and reproductive health and psychosocial needs as frontline health workers.

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This review utilizes national-level quantitative data to provide a comprehensive profile of how gender inequality impacts girls and boys, in low and middle income countries in the Pacific. This report describes the effects of gender inequality in the domains of health, education and transition to employment, protection and safe environment. The review identifies key data and knowledge gaps relating to gender inequality for children and adolescents, provides recommendations for priority gender indicators, and calls for investments in data collection, additional research and action to address the key drivers of gender inequality in the region.

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My Body, My Life, My World is UNFPA's new global strategy for adolescents and youth.

It puts young people—their talents, hopes, perspectives and unique needs—at the very centre of sustainable development. In doing so, it supports the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, and aligns with the new United Nations Strategy on Youth as well as UNFPA's 2018-2021 Strategic Plan.

Everything UNFPA does rests on the commitments to sexual and reproductive health and rights for all, which is embodied in the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development and its Programme of Action. These commitments are crucial for adolescents and youth.

Young people realizing their rights to make informed choices about their own bodies, their own lives and the world they live in is a matter of justice and a driver of a lifetime of returns.

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The global trend towards smaller families, including in Asia and the Pacific, is a reflection of people making reproductive choices to have as few or as many children as they want, when they want. When people lack choice, it can have a long-term impact on fertility rates, often making them higher or lower than what most people desire. 

Family size is closely linked with reproductive rights, which, in turn, are tied to many other rights, including the right to adequate health, education, and jobs. Where people can exercise their rights, they tend to thrive. Where these rights are stifled, people often fail to achieve their full potential, impeding economic and social progress. 

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In today’s world, gaps in wealth have grown shockingly wide. Billions of people linger at the bottom, denied their human rights and prospects for a better life. At the top, resources and privileges accrue at explosive rates, pushing the world ever further from the vision of equality embodied in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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