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In Georgia, if parents were to have only one child, 46 per cent would prefer to have a boy. Only 9 per cent would go for a girl. The results of this preference for sons, rooted in gender inequality and patriarchal traditions, can be seen in Georgia's birth statistics -- with far-reaching consequences for the country's development. Watch this short animation from our colleagues at UNFPA Georgia to find out what these consequences are.


United Nations: Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director from UN Population Fund (UNFPA), talks about what role governments and civil society can play to help people achieve good health and well-being.


Russian-language PSA on adolescent pregnancy, produced by UNFPA Kazakhstan


'The role of a father never ends,' reads the note held up by a little boy at the launch of UNFPA in Kyrgyzstan's Happy Fatherhood campaign in the country's Chui region. The campaign has been designed to get fathers to engage more in the upbringing of their children in a region where 40 per cent of surveyed students do not consider their fathers as role models.

Read more about 'Gender norms and practices in the questions of maternal health, reproductive health, family planning, fatherhood and domestic violence' in this report published by UNFPA Kyrgyzstan.


Over half of Georgian men say gender equality already is a reality, according to a survey conducted by the Institute of Social Studies and Analysis for UNFPA and partners in 2013. But their behaviour at home suggests otherwise, as this video based on the other survey results shows. 


Сегодня Лена стала подростком. Мир вокруг нее полон возможностей. Но также и рисков. Узнайте, с какими возможностями и рисками может столкнуться Лена, а также другие девочки и молодые женщины в Восточной Европе и Центральной Азии, и как ЮНФПА помогает странам в регионе создать мир, в котором каждая беременность желанна, каждые роды безопасны и все молодые люди имеют возможность реализовать свой потенциал. 


Today Lena becomes a teenager. The world around her is full of possibilities. But also risks. See what opportunities and risks Lena and other girls and young women are facing in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and how UNFPA is assisting the countries in the region to deliver a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person's potential is fulfilled.


Sex workers are at high risk of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. Registered sex workers are required to undergo regular medical check-ups, but many work illegally – an estimated 20,000 in Turkey’s biggest city, Istanbul, alone. Social marginalisation and unsafe working environments, and in some cases drug use, increase their risk of acquiring HIV – and that of their clients.


With UNFPA support, Georgia is piloting an organised cervical cancer screening programme, one of the first such programmes in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. It is designed to reduce cervical cancer in Georgia, a disease that leads to 18,000 deaths in Eastern Europe and Central Asia every year, although it is almost entirely preventable.