State of World Population report spotlights the struggles and promise of 10-year-old girls

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20 OCTOBER 2016 | UNITED NATIONS, NEW YORK — UNFPA, in The State of World Population 2016 report released today, warns that forced marriage, child labour, female genital mutilation and other practices undermining girls’ health and rights threaten the world’s ambitious development agenda. Practices that harm girls and violate their human rights--starting at age 10--prevent them from realizing their full potential as adults and from contributing to the economic and social progress of their communities and nations.

Watch: Women's, Children's and Adolescents' Health in Humanitarian Settings webinar

18 OCTOBER 2016 | ONLINE — With the ever increasing attention on efforts to improve women’s and children’s health, major achievements have been made to reducing child mortality and improving maternal health. However, women and girls still remain particularly vulnerable to sexual and gender-based violence in conflicts and crises. PMNCH in partnership with the APHA and CoreGroup, hosted a webinar to highlight some of the pressing issues women and children face and to discuss a way forward to ensure they are able to survive, thrive and transform.

WHO and partners call for better working conditions for midwives

13 OCTOBER 2016 | GENEVA, SWITZERLAND — WHO and partners are calling for an end to the discrimination, harassment and lack of respect that hinder midwives’ ability to provide quality care to women and newborns. In the first global survey of 2400 midwifery personnel led by the WHO, ICM and White Ribbon Alliance, Midwives’ Voices, Midwives Realities: Findings from a global consultation on providing quality midwifery care, reveals that too often midwives report their efforts are constrained by unequal power relations within the health system. Many midwives also face cultural isolation, unsafe accommodation and low salaries.

International Day of the Girl Child: celebrating 1.1 billion girls worldwide

11 OCTOBER 2016 | GLOBAL — On International Day of the Girl, The Partnership joins the global community in celebrating the 1.1 billion girls younger than 18 poised to take on the future. This year’s theme “Girls’ Progress = Goals’ Progress: What counts for girls” is based on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which encompasses the most persistent needs and struggle girls face. To reach the SDGs is to reach girls by investing in health care, protection and education they need to be empowered and equal members of society. However, critical to understanding and removing barriers girls face, is data.

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