Youth Against COVID-19 – Episode 1

UNFPA is teaming up with Prezi to help young people around the world learn about COVID-19 and how they can help keep their friends, families, and communities safe.

This episode, produced in partnership with the International Federation of Medical Students’ Association, will teach about COVID-19. Users can re-create the video to share with their family and friends. This encourages and enables sharing correct and reliable information to take action to stop the spread of COVID-19. The key messages of this episode are available to help the viewer remember the most important information to share here.

Scripts for the videos are available here so that each young person delivers the same correct message.

Visitors can go to Prezi to learn how to create their own videos. A gallery of the videos made by other youth around the world is here.

Source: Youth Against COVID-19 – Episode 1

    Millions More Cases of Violence, Child Marriage, Female Genital Mutilation, Unintended Pregnancy Expected due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

    The economic and physical disruptions caused by COVID-19 could have vast consequences for the rights and health of women and girls, a new analysis by UNFPA and partners shows.

    Significant levels of lockdown-related disruption over 6 months could leave 47 million women in low- and middle-income countries unable to use modern contraceptives, leading to a projected 7 million additional unintended pregnancies. Six months of lockdowns could result in an additional 31 million cases of gender-based violence.

    The pandemic is also expected to cause significant delays in programs to end female genital mutilation and child marriage, resulting in an estimated 2 million more cases of FGM over the next decade than would otherwise have occurred. These delayed programs, on top of growing economic hardships globally, could result in an estimated 13 million more child marriages over 10 years.

    These figures – produced in collaboration with partners Avenir Health, Johns Hopkins University (USA) and Victoria University (Australia) – are rough estimates. A great deal is still unknown about how the pandemic, and the response to it, will unfold around the world. But together, the projections offer an alarming view of the future that could confront women and girls if efforts are not urgently made to secure their welfare and ensure their rights.

    Source: Millions More Cases of Violence, Child Marriage, Female Genital Mutilation, Unintended Pregnancy Expected due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

      Minimum Standards for Prevention and Response to Gender-Based Violence in Emergencies

      The Minimum Standards comprise a set of 18 inter-connected standards that draw upon UNFPA’s comparative advantage and global expertise and are based on international best practice.

      The Standards speak to UNFPA’s mandate to coordinate GBV prevention and response in emergencies as co-lead with UNICEF of the Area of Responsibility of the Global Protection Cluster. Working in coordination with other UN agencies and international organizations, UNFPA can support national authorities and partners to build and strengthen existing health and protection systems. Contained in the Standards are tools to address the bottlenecks that prevent the prioritization of GBV prevention and response in emergencies, and guidance on working in partnership with survivors and members of the crisis-affected population to build individual and community resilience.

      Source: Minimum Standards for Prevention and Response to Gender-Based Violence in Emergencies