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16 March 2020
Press Release
Press Release

UNFPA sounds the alarm on dire situation facing women and girls in Syria, as conflict enters its 10th year

NEW YORK, USA, 16 March 2020 - UNFPA, the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency, expresses increasing concern about the women and girls trapped in the escalating humanitarian situation... Read more

6 March 2020
Statement

UNFPA statement on novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and pregnancy

UNFPA, the UN sexual and reproductive health agency, is closely monitoring and working with partners, governments and UN agencies to address the outbreak of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19),... Read more

6 March 2020
News
"I want my daughters to be respected as human beings," says Fawzia Koofi, a trailblazer in Afghanistan. © Johannes Eisele/AFP/GettyImages

“We must resolutely resist any attempts to go back”: Listening to the icons and activists of women’s rights

UNITED NATIONS, New York – The eighth of March is International Women’s Day, and the stakes could not be higher. This year marks a quarter century since the creation of the Beijing Declaration and... Read more

6 March 2020
Statement

I am Generation Equality: Working together to achieve a gender-equal world

  Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem on International Women's Day This International Women's Day, we celebrate the icons who blazed the trail towards gender equality. We now look... Read more

27 February 2020
News
Khadija Bahzad holds a baby she delivered in Marrakech. Ms. Bahzad is a midwifery trainer, strengthening the skills of other midwives in the country. © UNFPA

Maternal deaths declining in Morocco thanks to midwives, but more support needed

RABAT, Morocco – Madame Najat Baloui, a midwife in Casablanca, vividly remembers a childbirth that went horribly wrong. “A woman was delivering vaginally,” Ms. Baloui recalled. “After several hours... Read more

19 February 2020
News
Statement

Statement on the events taking place in Northwestern Syria

Cairo, 18 February 2020 - UNFPA is gravely alarmed about the current humanitarian situation unfolding in northwestern Syria, where hostilities have continued to cause mass displacements and damage to... Read more

6 February 2020
News

Accelerating Actions Towards Zero Female Genital Mutilation

An Overview: It was in 2012 that the UN General Assembly designated February 6th as the international Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation. As it is the case with most international... Read more

5 February 2020
Statement
Joint Statement

Unleashing Youth Power: A Decade of Accelerating Actions Towards Zero Female Genital Mutilation

Joint statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem, UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka Ghebreyesus, and WHO Director-General Dr.... Read more

2 February 2020
News
Y-PEER students at Muslim College in Hargeisa, Somaliland with pamphlets put together by Y-PEER, MOLSA and UNFPA giving guidelines on FGM advocacy.

What is FGM?

By now, it is not a secret that FGM is a harmful practice. There is no shortage of medical evidence to prove so, and many religious leaders spoke against its religious reasoning. In this series, we... Read more

1 February 2020
Statement

Dr. Luay Shabaneh expresses sorrow for the death of a young girl due to the complications of circumcision

Nada, a12years old girl from Assiut Governorate, Egypt, lost her life to join the victims of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). This tragic incident comes days before the celebration of the... Read more

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