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27 March 2020
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Women, girls, health workers must not be overlooked in global COVID-19 response

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

27 March 2020
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Generation Equality: a time of gains and threats for gender equality for women and girls

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa and Juba, South Sudan—“The girl was in coma when police brought her to the centre. She [had been] gang raped and badly beaten. We got her admitted at Juba Teaching Hospital... Read more

23 March 2020
Statement

Our Humanity in a Time of Crisis

Blog by Dr. Julitta Onabanjo How New Year commitments and resolutions can change in a matter of weeks! The year began with the excitement of a new Decade of Action on delivering the SDGs and renewed... Read more

20 March 2020
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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

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

4 March 2020
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Why family planning is even more necessary in countries in drought due to climate change

HA MOEKETSANE, Mokhotlong district, Lesotho—For Regina Mokoena, a village health worker at Ha Moeketsane, family planning becomes even more of an imperative in times of drought. Especially for women... Read more

14 February 2020
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Men and boys are key players in helping to end female genital mutilation by 2030

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa—“People, especially men, need to understand that it is an equal human right for a young girl and a woman to live her life and have full autonomy of her body. It is not men... Read more

10 February 2020
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How comprehensive sexuality education is empowering young South Africans to safeguard their future

ESTCOURT, South Africa— “If a boy tells me about giving me a future or money, I simply tell him that I am a person with dreams, so I want to achieve them and make my parents proud,” says Amanda... Read more

6 February 2020
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Pushing the final frontier for ending FGM

Joint opinion editorial by Mohamed M Fall, Regional Director for UNICEF Eastern and Southern Africa, and Dr. Julitta Onabanjo, Regional Director for UNFPA East and Southern Africa, on the occasion of... Read more

5 February 2020
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 and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros... Read more

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