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7 May 2020
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Outreach workers in Syria are worried about the vulnerability of women and girls under curfew. © UNFPA Syria

Millions more cases of violence, child marriage, female genital mutilation, unintended pregnancy expected due to the COVID-19 pandemic

UNITED NATIONS, New York – A clear view of the toll of the COVID-19 pandemic is only beginning to take shape, but experts estimate the human cost could be extraordinary. The economic and physical... Read more

7 May 2020
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Outreach workers in Syria are raising awareness about the pandemic. © UNFPA Syria

Pandemic threatens communities ravaged by war and crisis, global support needed

AZRAQ CAMP, Jordan/HOMS, Syria/UNITED NATIONS, New York – “I invested the first four days of the lockdown calling beneficiaries to inform them of the availability of virtual support,” Orouba Amin, a... Read more

5 May 2020
Statement
A midwife talks to girls about birth spacing at a youth firendly centre supported by UNFPA

Celebrating midwives, unsung heroes on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis

Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem on the International Day of the Midwife, 5 May 2020 As the world battles COVID-19, women continue to get pregnant and babies are still being... Read more

4 May 2020
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The pandemic has introduced danger and uncertainty to the start of motherhood. Clockwise from top left: © UNFPA DRC, © China Maternal and Child Health Association, © Ethiopian Midwives Association, © UNFPA Honduras, © ZHIAN health organization, © Vojislav Gushevski, © UNFPA Albania

Mothers, midwives risking their lives to bring new life into the world

UNITED NATIONS, New York – Around the world, May is a time to celebrate mothers and the health workers who help them enter motherhood. Dozens of countries observe Mother’s Day in May and, on 5 May,... Read more

28 April 2020
Press Release

New UNFPA projections predict calamitous impact on women’s health as COVID-19 pandemic continues

More than 47 million women could lose access to contraception, leading to 7 million unintended pregnancies in the coming months. As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, the number of women unable to... Read more

9 April 2020
Statement

OPEN LETTER FROM THE REGIONAL DIRECTORS OF UNDP, UNWOMEN, UNPFA AND ESCWA IN THE ARAB STATES REGION TO GOVERNMENTS IN THE REGION.

At the beginning of this week, the United Nations Secretary-General issued an appeal to stop violence everywhere including violence in the home. As Directors of the four United Nations Agencies who... Read more

7 April 2020
Statement

Protecting midwives to keep women and babies safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem on World Health Day On this World Health Day, we mark the first International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife. Midwives are central to... Read more

27 March 2020
Statement
Statement

Women, girls, health workers must not be overlooked in global COVID-19 response

Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem  New York, 26 March 2020 - With each passing day, the scale of the COVID-19 crisis and its consequences are becoming ever more apparent and... Read more

24 March 2020
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Policymakers must not lose sight of the vulnerabilities of women and girls

As pandemic rages, women and girls face intensified risks

UNITED NATIONS, New York – As the COVID-19 pandemic rages around the world, governments are taking unprecedented measures to limit the spread of the virus, ramping up health system responses and... Read more

18 March 2020
Press Release
A Woman Even Here

UNFPA Arab States Regional Office launches ‘A Women Even Here’ campaign

Cairo, 8 March 2020 – UNFPA Arab States Regional Office (ASRO) is marking this year’s International Women’s Day by launching a digital awareness and fundraising campaign ‘A Woman Even Here’. The... Read more

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