#ICPD25: Governments Doing Lip Service On Ending GBV Against Women and LGBTQ

MOST African governments have progressive policies against gender based violence (GBV) but are failing on implementation, United Nations High Commissioner for Human, Dr Michelle Bachelete has warned. By Michael Gwarisa in Nairobi, Kenya Briefing a panel session on GBV at the ongoing International Conference on Population Development (ICPD) in Kneya, Nairobi, Dr Bachelete said GBV requires urgent attention and political will by governments. It is the state or country’s responsibility to protect its citizens against gender based violence. Violence is so widespread violence everywhere, in rich countries and poor countries.…

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US$264 Billion Required To Cover Critical ICPD Gaps

THE United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Executive Director, Dr Natalia Kanem says a total of US$264 billion investment is required to transform the future of women’s health as well as the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) for girls and women. By Michael  Gwarisa in Nairobi, Kenya Addressing a media briefing, Dr Kanem said the Narobi Summit on International Conference on Population Development (ICPD) is to mobilise the political will and financial commitments so urgently needed to implement the program of action that was agreed by governments in 1994…

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Major Commitments Mark ICPD Summit Opening

THE summit to mark 25 years since the International Population Development (ICPD) kicked off today (November, 12 2019) in Nairobi, Kenya amidst major commitments by governments, civil society and private sector organisations to accelerate access to Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) for women and young people. By Michael Gwarisa in Nairobi Kenya The commitments are being made during the three-day Nairobi Summit on ICPD25, taking place 25 years after the landmark International Conference on Population and Development, in Cairo, where 179 governments adopted an action plan for women’s empowerment…

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#ICPD25: New HIV Infections In Girls Could Derail 2020 HIV Targets

THE United Nations Population fund (UNFPA), has called on African governments to invest heavily towards HIV prevention measures so as to reduce the growing burden of new HIV infections amongst young adolescent girls and women in East and Southern Africa. By Michael Gwarisa in Narobi, Kenya Briefing Journalists during the ICPD summit Media consultation and orientation workshop on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), UNFPA ESARO SRHR/HIV Technical Specialist, Richard Delate said even though new infections had reduced amongst the adult population, the young female population was under siege.…

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Zim Drafts Commitments Ahead Of ICPD Summit

GOVERNMENT ministries, the United Nations family in Zimbabwe and other Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have come up with a number commitments to be tabled at the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) summit to be held in Nairobi, Kenya next month. By Michael Gwarisa The development comes amidst calls from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) for Zimbabwe to propose achievable and realistic targets which translate into tangible development for various populations in particular youths. Speaking at the ICPD25 Validation meeting in Harare, UNFPA country representative, Dr Esther Muia…

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Youths Want Inclusion In SRHR Planning

YOUTHS should be involved in the planning and implementation of Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) interventions if Zimbabwe is to address the unfinished business affecting young people, a United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) official has said. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking on the side-lines of a two day International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Youth Engagement meeting, UNFPA Adolescents Sexual and Reproductive Health (ASRH) Program Analyst, Pennelope Kasere said Zimbabwe has made strides in addressing so may issues affecting young people but more still needs to be done to…

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Guruve Couples Turn To Withdrawal Method…As Contraceptives Crisis Deepens

IT’S a chilly evening in the sandy plains of Guruve and everyone is tucked in their homes waiting to have a hot meal and take an evening nap. Everyone is talking about the change of weather and how all of a sudden, September has turned out to be freezing  while some ambitious farmers are already contemplating tilling the land. By Michael Gwarisa recently in Guruve For married couples, evenings are like what Christmas is to a five year old. It is a well-known and scientifically proven fact that men get…

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Zim Faces Spike In Illegal Abortions…As Gvt Warns Of Worsening Contraceptives Crisis

GOVERNMENT has hinted of a worsening contraceptives crisis spilling into 2020 owing to a plethora of factors chief among them being delays in the procurement processes both at local level and from source markets. By Michael Gwarisa Briefing the Parliamentary portfolio committee on Health, Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) Acting Permanent Secretary, Dr Robert Mudyiradima said the contraceptives situation is likely to worsen. The information that we have is that for the year 2020, there may be contraceptives challenges. That is the information that we have right now…

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UN Worried Over Increased New HIV Infections In Girls

OUTGOING United Nations (UN) resident coordinator, Mr Bishow Parajuli has expressed concern over increased cases of new HIV infections in girls and youths in Zimbabwe at a time when the country was witnessing a reduction in infections amongst other groups. By Michael Gwarisa According to the UNAIDS: HIV and Women report released early this year, Zimbabwe has 780 000 young girls infected with HIV. Briefing a Media Breakfast Meeting on Wednesday, Mr Parajuli said there was need for mobilisation of resources towards improving treatment and access to HIV prevention for…

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When Votes Matter More Than Preventing SGBV

ZIMBABWE is grappling with a huge burden of early marriages, rape, Sexual and Gender Based Violence (GBV) against women and young girls. By Michael Gwarisa Government  through support from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and other donor and civil society groups have been running various programs at community level in a bid to end early marriages. According to the UNICEF 2017 statistics, 32% of girls in Zimbabwe are married before the age of 18 and 4% are married before their 15th birthday. The lowest median ages of marriage are…

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