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6 February 2022

A crisis within a crisis: Increased investment critical to end female genital mutilation as COVID-19 rages on

Joint Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem and UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell on the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation NEW YORK, 6... Read more

1 February 2022

For gender-based violence survivors in Palestine, a little assistance goes a long way

WEST BANK, Palestine – After receiving psychosocial and well-being services at the UNFPA-supported Women and Girls Safe Space for gender-based violence survivors in Nablus, women may leave with... Read more

25 January 2022

United Nations Population Fund and TENA bring empowering theme of ‘Age of Renewal’ to EXPO 2020

Dubai, UAE – 25 January 2022 - In an effort to dispel social stigma around menopause in the Arab world, The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) - the United Nations sexual and reproductive health... Read more

20 December 2021
Teams of health care workers, including obstetricians/gynaecologists and midwives, serve two-month stints at various facilities throughout Libya to help address shortages in personnel. © UNFPA Libya

Mobile health units are saving lives in Libya

GHAT, Libya – Rahma was delivering at home when complications arose: obstructed labour, internal bleeding and low haemoglobin levels.   The 18-year-old, a migrant from Niger, was rushed to a mobile... Read more

16 December 2021
Press Release
Group photo of the Regional Health Alliance

International development, health and humanitarian agencies announce bold plans for Regional Health Alliance

16 December 2021, Cairo - Motivated by their shared goal to achieve stronger collaboration and better health for all, international development, health and humanitarian agencies in the Eastern... Read more

2 December 2021

Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem on World AIDS Day 2021

Pandemics will thrive as long as inequalities do  As the world endures a third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, we cannot forget that we are also on the cusp of the fifth decade of the AIDS pandemic.... Read more

25 November 2021

Joint Statement on 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence

United Nations Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in Syria, Imran Riza, Luay Shabaneh, UNFPA Arab states Regional Director and Muhannad Hadi, Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the... Read more

16 November 2021

In follow-up to the Nairobi Summit, High-Level Commission calls for urgent, ambitious action to end alarming disparities in sexual and reproductive justice

  The first report of the independent advisory body comes at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has seen a harrowing setback in women and girls’ rights  New York City, 16 November 2021 —  Two years on... Read more

22 October 2021

For breast cancer survivors and supporters in Palestine, a chance to come together

Gaza Strip, Palestine –  When Bahia was diagnosed with breast cancer, she had to contend not only with a frightening disease but also with a social stigma that left her feeling rejected and isolated... Read more

11 October 2021
Press Release

Marking International Day of the Girl Child - UNFPA Arab States Regional Office launches “In Her Words”

Cairo, Egypt, 11 October 2021 - The United Nations Population Fund Arab States Regional Office (UNFPA ASRO) is marking International Day of the Girl Child with the launch of “In Her Words” — a... Read more