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The 2017 State of World Population report, ‘’Worlds Apart: Reproductive Rights and Health in an Age of Inequality” identifies several forms of inequalities. As mentioned in the report, “whether a woman is able to exercise her reproductive rights depends in part on whether she lives in a city or rural area, how much education she has and whether she is affluent or poor.” The Maldives is no exception. But some of the challenges Maldives face are unique. This paper focuses on inequalities faced by the people of Maldives as described by those involved at various levels of providing sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services.

 

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UNFPA Maldives expands the possibilities for women and young people to lead healthy and productive lives.
 

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The Gender Equality Act was passed unanimously with 67 votes by the People’s Majlis on the 16th of August 2016 and ratified by President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom on the 23rd of August. This Act serves the purpose of establishing a framework to ensure gender equality and eliminate gender based discrimination, gender-based violence, as well as sexual harassment in the workplace within the country. Furthermore, this Act outlines the role of the Government and other agencies to help ensure successful implementation of the act.

 

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This framework is intended to facilitate mainstreaming of human rights and human rights based approaches into policy-making and development planning of the country. This framework will underpin future government actions in human rights matters and form the basis for the development of a national plan of action on human rights. Such a plan of action is intended to serve as a road map for the promotion, protection and fulfillment of human rights in the Maldives.

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The report presents Maldives’ economic and demographic background, with a focus on the recent economic growth and the demographic transition. 

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UNFPA in the Maldives

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Love Means Respect, Not Control

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Initial results on prevalence, health outcomes and women’s responses to violence

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Today, on 24 August 2015, the Government of Maldives and the United Nations System signed the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2016-2020. The UNDAF is the strategic framework document for partnership between Maldives and the UN, including the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

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