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The newsletter of the First Quarter of year 2017 

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 UNFPA GCC Quarterly Newsletter [Oct-Dec 2016] / Volume V- Issue IV

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When a girl reaches age 10, her world changes.
A flurry of life-changing events pulls her in many directions. Where she ends up depends on the support she receives and the power she has to shape her own future. In some parts of the world, a 10-year-old girl, on the verge of adolescence, sees limitless possibilities ahead and begins making choices that will influence her education and, later, her work and her life.
But in other parts of the world, a 10-year-old girl’s horizons are limited. As she reaches puberty, a formidable combination of relatives, figures in her community, social and cultural norms, institutions and discriminatory laws
block her path forward. By age 10, she may be forced to marry. She may be pulled out of school to begin a lifetime of childbearing and servitude to her husband.
At 10, she may become property, a commodity that can be bought and sold.

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UNFPA GCC Quarterly Newsletter [July- September 2016]

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UNFPA GCC Quarterly Newletter 
April- June 2016 

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This paper was inspired above all by the meeting of leading thinkers from different religious traditions convened by UNFPA, in Istanbul and then in New York in the course of 2014. Several participants have served as long-standing advisors for the content of this paper. 
In September 2014 UNFPA brought together a group of leaders from the world’s major religious traditions at the United Nations to reflect on the complex links between the vital United Nations goal of advancing women’s rights and reproductive health and reproductive rights and the religious and cultural beliefs and practices that are so vital to a large majority of the world’s people. The outcome was an inspirational Call to Action from religious actors: “Not in our name should any mother die while giving birth. Not in our name should any girl, boy, woman or man be abused, violated, or killed. Not in our name should a girl child be deprived of her education, be married, be harmed or abused. Not in our name should anyone be denied access to basic health care, nor should a child or an adolescent be denied knowledge of and care for her/his body. Not in our name should any person be denied their human rights.” The call highlighted the hurt that comes when violations of human rights occur in the name of religion, culture, or tradition. It affirmed that “sexual and reproductive health is part of human rights.”

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This document highlightes UNFPA success stories and achievements in numbers in the Arab States. 

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While there are many separate indicators related to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and HIV, a key challenge has been the lack of internationally agreed indicators to measure progress in linking SRH and HIV. This ...

 

 

 

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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Kimoon, made an official visitation to Oman on 1 st -2 nd of February 2016. High profile with complex schedule of meetings coupled with an extensive logistical arrangements, the visit was coordinated by two selected UN agencies, UNFPA, represented by UNFPA's Subregional Office for the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and UNICEF of Oman. The visit strengthened UNFPA visibility in Oman and provided a platform to bring its mandate to the forefront of media coverage. 

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Shelter From The Storm - A transformative agenda for women and girls in a crisis-prone world. We live in a world where humanitarian crises extract mounting costs from economies, communities and individuals. Wars and natural disasters make the headlines, at least initially.

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