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Now more than ever, we must ensure that the marginalized, the forgotten—the ones often left behind—can exercise their fundamental human right to decide, free of coercion, discrimination and violence, when or how often to have children.

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In September 2016, the Asia-Pacific Regional Office of United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA APRO) and the UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia (UNICEF ROSA) hosted a three-day expert group meeting to examine the evidence around programming and policies to end child marriage in South Asia. The meeting convened representatives from the host organizations, as well as UNFPA, UNICEF and UN Women country offices in South Asia and surrounding countries, experts from academia and representatives from organizations implementing programmes in the region. 
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The United Nations Population Fund’s flagship State of World Population 2016  – titled ‘10: How our shared future depends on a girl at this decisive age’– shows that our collective future will be shaped by how we support the world’s 60 million 10-year-old girls of today, as they move from childhood to adolescence and adulthood in the era of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development...

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The Sustainable Development Goals place an emphasis on making cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. In line with these goals I hope that policymakers, city planners, academics, development partners and civil society organization will find this report useful in anticipating and planning urbanization programs in a sustainable manner.

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The report provides an analytical review and policy recommendations on some of the key topics contained in the International Conference on Population and Development Plan of Action—beyond 2014.

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The State of the World’s Midwifery (SoWMy) 2014: A Universal Pathway. A Woman’s Right to Health takes its inspiration from the United Nations Secretary-General’s Every Woman Every Child initiative and his call to action in September 2013 to do everything possible to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015 and work towards the development and adoption of a post-2015 agenda based on the principle of universality. 

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Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is a violation of human rights. Intimate partner violence is the most common form of VAWG (Morrison et al. 2004; Naved et al. 2004). According to findings from the WHO Multicountry Study on Women’s Health and Domestic Violence, prevalence of physical violence by an intimate partner ranges from 23 to 61 percent; sexual violence – from 10 to 59 percent; and physical or sexual violence or both – from 29 to 71 percent in developing countries (Garcia-Moreno et al. 2006). In Bangladesh, the national rate of physical violence perpetrated by a husband calculated from reports by men is as high as 58 percent (BDHS 2009).

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