Anna's story is typical of the plight of so many women in this Eastern European country. Her first husband began abusing her, and she eventually escaped the relationship to take up with a second partner, who turned out to be even more violent. In despair she turned to the Ariadna Center in the city of Drochia, where she found help.


We were standing in the play area set aside for the children of women inmates of Penitentiary #7 in Rusca, Moldova. The women's wing at this prison has just undergone a major face-lift, with furniture and electrical appliances supplied by the United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA. The open play area outside is a bonus not often seen in prisons in this eastern European country.


UNFPA Turkey - Child marriage


Raising awareness of cervical cancer in Bosnia and Herzegovina


The NGO "Health for All", supported by UNFPA, teaches women and men in marginalized communities about the benefits of contraception and family planning.


In the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedona, Shutto Orizari, a derelict ghetto an hour outside the capital city of Skopje, is home to more than 30,000 Roma people. Excluded from mainstream society, Roma communities have difficulty accessing basic health and education services.


Bosnia and Herzegovina is one of the few countries not to have held a census since 1991. After the armed conflicts of the 1990s and more than 20 years after the previous census, there have been substantial changes to the population and structure of the country. UNFPA is taking the lead in supporting the census which is scheduled to take place in late 2012.


UNFPA partners with local NGOs for outreach and peer education to prevent the spread of HIV among higher-risk groups.


In Eastern Europe and Central Asia, it is believed that as many as one in every three women has been beaten, coerced into sex, or abused in some way - most often by someone she knows, including her husband or another male family member.


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