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Right now, the combined wealth of the world’s 2,473 billionaires, as calculated by Wealth-X, exceeds $7.7 trillion. That’s equivalent to the combined gross domestic product of an astonishing four fifths of the world’s countries
in 2015. It means that while some privileged households budget for billions, many hundreds of millions of families barely scrape by on less than $1.25 a day.
 
This is a path that we pursue at our peril. The yawning gap between the richest and the poorest is not only unfair, but a risk to economies, communities and nations. In 2015, in recognition of this risk, the world’s governments agreed that the path to sustainable development for the next 15 years must be built on a foundation of equality, inclusiveness and universal enjoyment of rights.
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When a girl reaches age 10, her world changes. A flurry of life-changing events pulls her in many directions. Where she ends up depends on the support she receives and the power she has to shape her own future. In some parts of the world, a 10-year-old girl, on the verge of adolescence, sees limitless possibilities ahead and begins making choices that will influence her education and, later, her work and her life. But in other parts of the world, a 10-year-old girl’s horizons are limited. As she reaches puberty, a formidable combination of relatives, figures in her community, social and cultural norms, institutions and discriminatory laws block her path forward. By age 10, she may be forced to marry. She may be pulled out of school to begin a lifetime of childbearing and servitude to her husband. At 10, she may become property, a commodity that can be bought and sold.

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SITUATIONAL ANALYSIS OF ADOLESCENT GIRLS

Adolescents and young people are entitled to decent livelihoods; however, girls face disproportionate risks and distinctive consequences related to the vulnerabilities they experience. Young girls compared to their male counterparts are more likely to drop out of school, to marry at an early age, and to bear the consequences of poor sexual and reproductive health outcomes. Adolescent girls confront distinct physical and social vulnerabilities that threaten their human rights and livelihoods. The needs and opportunities for girls’ and boys’ diverge during early adolescence, with girls entering puberty on average two years earlier than boys. For many girls in the developing world, this marks the beginning of a protracted risk period during which they have little or no control over critical social, health, and economic outcomes. Girls are disproportionately vulnerable to violations of their human rights, inadequate reproductive health services, education and subjected to child marriage - all limiting realization of their full human potential. The recognition that adolescent girls and young women face a complex array of issues led the UNFPA Country Office (CO) to initiate an in-depth situational analysis of adolescent girls and young women in Ghana. The aim of the situational analysis was to identify and work to improve the sexual and reproductive health and rights (including gender-based violence and child marriage) vulnerabilities adolescent girls and young women face.

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Readers of this issue of the UNFPA-Ghana Newsletter will find that the stories and articles therein reinforce the point that in the context of the SDGs, advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRH&R) can no longer be done in the business-as-usual mode.
They highlight ongoing efforts with our partners to do things differently and to bring some innovation even to the ostensibly tried and tested approaches like policy dialogue, capacity building, agenda setting conferences and workshops, and action-oriented stakeholder engagement.

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Living With FISTULA, The untold stories

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Meeting Report: Implications of the 2014 DHS Findings for Family Planning Programming in Ghana

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MDG Acceleration Framework and Country Action Plan for Maternal Health

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Obstetric fistula is one of the most devastating medical disabilities afflicting women as a result of complications arising from lack of surgical intervention for prolonged labor. While the most common cause of OBF is obstructed and/or prolonged labor, pertinent underlying factors such as poverty, lack of awareness, poor-health seeking behaviors, poor health and referral systems, poor transportation networks, scarcity of skilled birth attendants, and inadequate obstetric care services (infrastructure) can contribute to the occurrence of OBF.

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CARMMA ASSESSMENT Report

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