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7 October 2021

In India, mobile phone edutainment helps prevent child marriage

Rajasthan, India - Ragini learned of a 14-year-old girl in her community who was to be married to a 40-year-old man. She immediately sprang into action to prevent this from happening. But she had to... Read more

7 October 2021

A simple solution fends off child marriage amid COVID-19 in Nepal

Distraught, Bidhya Sahani had to leave school after the seventh grade in southern Nepal’s Kapilvastu district along the border of India. Her family was struggling financially and needed more help... Read more

13 September 2021

PRESS RELEASE: As women and girls bear the brunt of the crisis, UNFPA urgently seeks $29.2 million to save and protect lives in Afghanistan

UNITED NATIONS, New York, 13 September 2021 – UNFPA, the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency, is appealing for funding to respond to the urgent needs of Afghan women and girls as a... Read more

16 August 2021

Statement of UNFPA on situation in Afghanistan

UNFPA joins the United Nations Secretary-General and the international community in expressing its deep concern about the grave humanitarian crisis unfolding in Afghanistan. It is painful to witness... Read more

11 August 2021

Breaking barriers between religion and sexuality education for young people in Bhutan

The 10th day of the Bhutanese calendar year is a special one. It is celebrated across temples and monasteries throughout the mainly Buddhist Himalayan kingdom  with religious mask dances performed as... Read more

11 July 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic may have lasting consequences on population

WORLD POPULATION DAY STATEMENT    UNFPA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR DR NATALIA KANEM   The COVID-19 pandemic may have lasting consequences on population.   For some, it has led some to postponing... Read more

23 June 2021
Press Release

Australia continues its support to UNFPA to ensure ethical and quality prevalence data on violence against women

23 June 2021, Canberra/Bangkok: Addressing violence against women has long been an urgent public health and human rights priority. Yet, in some countries in the Asia-Pacific region, up to 68% of... Read more

22 June 2021

Australia’s contribution to UNFPA Asia-Pacific will help meet the needs of women and girls amid the challenges of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly affected essential, life-saving services that are central to advancing gender equality. In the Asia-Pacific region, women and girls’ disrupted access to sexual... Read more

15 June 2021
Girls gather in Odisha, India

Let's come together for bodily autonomy and sexual and reproductive health rights

Asia-Pacific Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue on Bodily Autonomy and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights On 3 June 2021, UNFPA and International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) convened ... Read more

4 June 2021

The wellbeing and safety of midwives and other maternity health workers during COVID-19: UNFPA IEC material

For pregnant women and new mothers, as well as the healthcare providers who tend to them, the COVID-19 pandemic triggers significant concerns about the safety and wellbeing of women and newborns... Read more