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Child Marriage in Palestine

Two out of every ten women aged 20-49 were married before the age of 18 in the West Bank and this number increases to three out of ten women for the Gaza Strip based on PCBS data from 2014. Cases have been detected where girls and boys were as young as 12 years when entering into marriage. When comparing the 2014 data with the 2010, a decrease can be identified for Palestine as a whole, but also when looking separately at West Bank and Gaza Strip. This decrease is however misleading as pockets within both the West Bank as well as Gaza Strip have experienced an increase thereby leaving communities behind the national trend.

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GBV in Palestine

Mapping Interventions Preventing and Responding to Gender Based Violence in oPt

The Gender Based Violence Working Group (GBV-WG), chaired by UNFPA, has undertaken two mapping activities of GBV interventions in Palestine in the years 2013 and 2014. Both mapping reports informed the UNCT Gender Task Force and provided data on the overall GBV work, without distinction between development and humanitarian interventions. In 2015, the GBV working group evolved to operate as one of the humanitarian working groups of the Protection Cluster and assumed the responsibility to report on humanitarian GBV services with clear distinction from development interventions. The current mapping report will compile an updated data on both types of GBV interventions with clear distinction between them and will provide observations on results, identifying gaps and challenges and offer recommendations to the GBV-WG and GBV service providers for future action. Please contact Mr. Nishan Prasna Krishnapalan ( to get excel sheets of both Annexes 3 and 4: Annex 3: 4Ws Matrix for Development GBV Interventions Annex 4: 4Ws Matrix for Humanitarian GBV Interventions

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State of World Population 2016

At 10, a girl arrives at a vulnerable point in her life. She must negotiate a tricky transition to adulthood, with its rapid changes in body and brain, and dramatic shifts in family and social expectations. Although risks abound for both girls and boys, gender discrimination makes these worse for girls in almost every way.  Public policies often focus on young children or older adolescents, failing to adequately manage the potential risks 10-year-old girls might face.

If her rights are not well protected, through appropriate laws, services and investments, the chance to bloom in adolescence and become a fully fledged adult forever slips away.

The world has already done well in many ways for the 10-year-old boy. It is past time to do equally well for the 10-year-old girl.

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Making Girls Count in the Sustainable Development Goals Era

“Is anyone out there even thinking of improving our lives?” asks Susmita, a teenager from Odisha, India. 

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State of World Population Report 2016

"When a girl reaches age 10, her world changes."  Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin


Today's 10-year-old girls, whether they live in developing or developed countries, cities, villages or refugee camps, or come from rich or poor households, all have hopes and dreams for the future. But each will face different challenges on their journey through adolescence to adulthood.

The State of World Population 2016 includes glimpses into the lives and aspirations of 10 girls from diverse backgrounds.




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Annual Report 2016: Millions of Lives Transformed

Figures from around the world on population, maternal deaths, child marriage, UNFPA is responding to needs, saving lives and empowering the new generation in development and humanitarian settings.

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One year after the Gaza 2014 war

This report intends to highlight the key challenges that remain one year after the 2014 Gaza war as they relate to UNFPA’s programme priorities. The report focuses on Reproductive Health and Family Planning, Gender-based violence as a protection concern and the particular challenges facing young people.

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Rapid Assessment: Effects of the Gaza Crisis on Youth

Youth aged 15-29 of age represent one third of the Palestinian population. This youth bulge will require serious consideration in strategic development and humanitarian response by focusing on their  concerns and priorities in national policies and plans.

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Protection in the Windward

This study examines the realities lived by those who sought refuge in various shelters and assesses the suitability of living conditions within them. It also highlights the most important problems faced by people living in the shelters so as to ensure improved conditions in the future.

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Victims in the Shadow

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Paletsinian Ministry of Health (MoH) "Victims in the Shadow" RH assessment was released on the impact of Gaza crisis on reproductive health.

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