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MYCHA initiative contributes to key action 3 of the compact - Capacity Building and Local Action, aiming to ensure that the priorities of young people are addressed by the humanitarian system and their participation in humanitarian action is supported and facilitated.

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A special publication issued by UNFPA State of Palestine on the occasion of UNFPA@50 and ICPD25

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This study on GBV among women and girls with disabilities was conducted by UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund) with the support of Denmark in the context of the GBV Sub-Cluster Strategy 2018-2020. It was based on a needs analysis and mapping of services offered to women and girls with disabilities aged 15 and older who are survivors of gender-based violence (GBV) in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, particularly in view of the poor protection, care and social services available to women survivors of violence.

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This year’s State of the World Population (SWOP) report comes at the 50th anniversary of the creation of UNFPA, the UN agency for sexual and reproductive health, and the 25th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD). The report analyzes the progress the world has made regarding the promises of the ICPD including putting individuals in charge of their own reproductive decisions and empowering women and girls as a precondition for development. The report also identifies areas of improvement and tells stories of women who lived through the transformative decades since the promises of the ICDP were first made.

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UNFPA, in partnership with UN Women, UNDP, and ESCWA, has conducted this study on Gender Justice & the Law in the Arab States Region to provide a comprehensive assessment of laws and policies affecting gender equality and protection against gender-based violence in Arab countries.

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The global transition from high to low fertility

Not so long ago, most people had large families: five children, on average. Where once there was one global fertility rate, today there are many, with differences wider than at any point in human history.
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The humanitarian situation in Gaza Strip continues to deteriorate. Since 30 March 2018, the Gaza Strip has been tense with weekly demonstrations held by Palestinians beside Israel’s perimeter fence as part of the ‘Great March of Return’. As of 8 June 2018, 101 Palestinians were killed in the context of the demonstrations, including 13 children and more than 13,000 were injured. Other 34 Palestinians were killed during the same period in contexts other than demonstrations. The large number of casualties is expected to increase the risk of gender-based violence (GBV) of the women impacted.

 

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The GBV Sub-Cluster's Situational Analysis for Gaza Strip - March 2018

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Throughout the last seventeen years, Palestinians have been experiencing a remarkable increase in cancer cases that doubled from 1,073 cases in 2000 to reach 2536 cases in 2016 in the West Bank alone. The year 2016 witnessed an increase of 5.8% in cancer cases in comparison with 2015, and cancer was the second leading cause of mortality as 14% of mortality cases were caused by cancer, after cardiovascular diseases (30.6%). Worldwide, breast cancer kills a woman every 15 minutes. In Palestine, breast cancer affecting Palestinian women represents 15% of cancer cases.

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Youth (aged 15 - 29) comprise 30% of the total population in Palestine, and all children and youth under the age of 29 comprise 50% of the total Palestinian population.

Although the rapidly increasing youth population can cause extreme stress on already underdeveloped infrastructure (education, health, social services, urban infrastructure, housing, and access to economic opportunity), a large youth popuation can also be seen as "missed opportunity".

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