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UNFPA Boss Wants Collective Fight For Human Rights
MONROVIA, December 12 (LINA) - An official of the U. N. Population Fund (UNFPA) has said in response to the call of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to “leave no one behind”, the people of the world must stand up together for those facing discrimination and stigmatization.
UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin’s remark was contained in a statement marking the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on December 10.
“As we join in this year’s theme to ‘Stand up for Someone’s Rights Today,’ I applaud our staff who, working with national partners, are defending the rights of the most marginalized and excluded and bringing to light the discrimination they face,” he said.
He assured that the UNFPA will “strive to uphold their inherent dignity and human rights, while working for their empowerment as active partners in our efforts to achieve universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights. Not just today, but every day.”
The UNFPA official noted that one of the rights the agency fights for every day is the right to have access to information and services that ensure or improve sexual and reproductive health.
“This is a human right that is critical to saving lives, advancing development and promoting gender equality. It is at the core of sustainable development. Sadly, millions of people, mainly women and young people, especially girls, continue to be denied this human right, largely due to stigma and discrimination,” Osotimehin said.
He added: “That is why addressing the structural barriers of discrimination, including challenging discriminatory laws, social norms and stigma that perpetuate inequality and disparities, is an essential part of UNFPA’s work.”