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12 December 2020

Let’s stop treating sexual and reproductive health care as anything less than essential

Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem International Universal Health Coverage Day 12 December 2020   When universal health coverage became an agreed global goal just five years ago... Read more

10 December 2020

Standing up for human rights is more important than ever

Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem on Human Rights Day 10 December 2020 Realizing human rights, equal and inalienable for every person, is the most just and meaningful goal of... Read more

9 December 2020
Hkawng Gan, manager of the Metta Foundation’s Women and Girls Centre in Kachin State, Myanmar

Gender-based violence helplines deliver critical, life-saving services in northern Myanmar amid COVID-19 pandemic

Myitkyina, Myanmar – “At the camps for internally displaced persons in Kachin State, most of the gender-based violence cases reported during the COVID-19 pandemic are related to domestic violence,”... Read more

8 December 2020
A survivor of gender-based violence receives support at a family protection centre in Afghanistan. © UNFPA Afghanistan

In Afghanistan, years of inequality and violence give way to a fragile hope

BAMYAN, Afghanistan – “My life has been hard. I have suffered for a long time,” said Khadija, a woman from Bamyan in central Afghanistan. “My husband told me frequently, ‘You’re not able to give me a... Read more

3 December 2020

The health systems we build back after COVID-19 must reach everyone

Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem On the International Day of Persons with Disabilities 3 December 2020 More than a billion people: that’s how many live with a disability today... Read more

1 December 2020

Unlocking the Lockdown

Unlocking the Lockdown: Sustainable, People-Centered Approaches to the Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic Leveraging the Lessons Learned from HIV in Asia and the Pacific   2 December 2020  ... Read more

1 December 2020

COVID-19 Threatens to Exacerbate Inequalities Faced by Many Living with HIV

Statement for World AIDS Day 2020 from Dr Natalia Kanem, Executive Director, UNFPA   On World AIDS Day, as we unite in support of people living with and affected by HIV, let us remember all those who... Read more

30 November 2020

Together we can end violence against children and violence against women in East Asia and the Pacific

By Björn Andersson, Karin Hulshof and Mohammad Naciri Earlier this year, as containment measures were imposed across Asia-Pacific in response to COVID-19, a shadow pandemic spread – domestic violence... Read more

25 November 2020

To end violence against women, we must uncover inconvenient truths

To tackle gender-based violence, we need robust data - a key pillar of the UN Secretary-General's global political engagement strategy on GBV and COVID-19. Our Regional Director Bjorn Andersson... Read more

21 November 2020
Mowsume Aktar, 25, certified midwife at a Bangladeshi Women Friendly Space in Ukhiya, Camp 11, on behalf of the International Rescue Committee

We are frontline GBV responders: Supporting survivors of gender-based violence during COVID-19

Women are bearing the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic in a number of ways. Gender-based violence is one of the worst. Throughout the world, anecdotes and reports of intensifying gender-based violence... Read more