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Global Community Must Commit To Protecting Health, Rights Of Migrants, All People

Inter Press Service: Protecting the Health & Rights of People on the Move
Natalia Kanem, U.N. under secretary general and executive director of UNFPA

“…We all have an interest — and obligation — to ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights for all people — women and men, girls and boys. This must include migrant and mobile populations during their journeys and on arrival. Governments, international development partners, civil society, and individuals all have roles to play in eliminating negative drivers of migration and building more resilient societies. Fundamental to this are investments in education, health, and employment opportunities for young people, especially adolescent girls … Protecting the rights of migrants, especially women and girls, is essential. … UNFPA remains committed to being at the forefront of efforts to protect the rights of migrants, and all people, and to ensure that they have access to the sexual and reproductive health services they need and can live in dignity and safety, free from violence and discrimination” (5/4).