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11 March 2021

Harnessing the power of data to assist rape survivor, 14, and convict rapist in Mozambique

MAPUTO, Mozambique—"You cannot solve a problem that you don't understand" – so the saying goes. This is why it is critical to collect data if you want to make informed, evidenced-based decisions on... Read more

10 March 2021

Global COVID-19 pandemic is putting realization of gender-related SDGs at risk

Opinion editorial by Roberta Clarke (UN Women) and Dr. Julitta Onabanjo (UNFPA) The world that marks International Women’s Day this year is vastly different from the one that honoured women this time... Read more

8 March 2021

Urgent action is needed to meet SDG to end child marriage by 2030

Opinion editorial by Dr. Julitta Onabanjo (UNFPA ESARO) and Mr. Mohamed M. Malick Fall (UNICEF ESARO) International Women’s Day When Tseganesh from Ethiopia was 14 years old, she became friendly with... Read more

8 March 2021

Celebrate women leaders on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response and beyond

Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem International Women’s Day 8 March 2021 All over the world, women lead. They lead peace processes, run businesses, establish hospitals and... Read more

5 March 2021

Extraordinary times call for extraordinary joint efforts for women in Rwanda during COVID-19

KIGALI, Rwanda—The start of 2021 has been a trying time for Rwanda’s fight against COVID-19, with nearly 7,000 new infections and 104 deaths confirmed in just one month. For the first time since the... Read more

4 March 2021

$12 million needed for 330,000 women, girls, youth caught in Cabo Delgado conflict during COVID-19

CABO DELGADO, Mozambique, 4 March 2021—UNFPA, the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency, today launched a humanitarian appeal for $12 million to urgently provide life-saving sexual and... Read more

3 March 2021

Ensuring safe births amid a disaster: Community volunteer uses motorcycle ambulance to save mothers' lives

BUDUUDA DISTRICT, Uganda—Davis Mukimba is a UNFPA/ACORD community volunteer who doubles up as a motorcycle ambulance rider for Bukigai Health Centre III in Buduuda district, on the slopes of Mount... Read more

26 February 2021

Innovative Smart Bag redefines menstruation management for refugee girls in Uganda

KYAKA II REFUGEE SETTLEMENT/KAMPALA, Uganda—In Uganda, menstruation management presents a daunting challenge for so many adolescent girls and women. The inability to adequately manage their periods... Read more

19 February 2021

Repaired after 21 years of living with a fistula, this survivor wants other girls to learn from her experience

JUBA, South Sudan – Married and pregnant as a teenager, she lost three babies in childbirth and suffered the horrific indignity of an obstetric fistula, a hole in the birth canal caused by the... Read more

11 February 2021

Act to End FGM in Africa

Blog by Dr. Julitta Onabanjo, UNFPA Regional Director for East and Southern Africa February 2021   I grew up knowing that in the many communities of my birth place in Nigeria, female genital... Read more