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8 March 2022
A portrait photo of a young girl from Laos

Opinion-Editorial: Gender equality and women's empowerment for a sustainable tomorrow

On the occasion of International Women's Day 2022, UNFPA Regional Director in Asia and the Pacific, Bjorn Andersson, highlights the need for... Read more

7 March 2022

Women and girls pay a heavy price during conflicts and emergencies

More than 1.7 million people, mostly women and children, have now fled from their homes in Ukraine to neighbouring countries. For them, displacement... Read more

15 February 2022

Disability-inclusive dignity kit meets the hygiene needs of women and girls living with disabilities

When disaster strikes, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) ensures that the reproductive health, needs and protection concerns of women and... Read more

27 January 2022

UNFPA supplies ensure essential, lifesaving services continue in aftermath of volcanic eruption and tsunami in Tonga

As soon as the ash settled, and before the runways were cleared, UNFPA Pacific, the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency, were on the... Read more

21 January 2022

UNFPA Pacific responds to the Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai volcanic eruption and tsunami

UNFPA Pacific is on the ground providing assistance in Tonga, distributing hygiene supplies and providing other critical support in affected areas –... Read more

5 December 2021

Putting survivors’ needs first: Courts support gender-based violence survivors to access crucial services in Bangladesh

Despite the range of services for gender-based violence (GBV) survivors in Bangladesh, they are often difficult to access. On top of sociocultural... Read more

2 December 2021

Championing health sector response to end gender-based violence in Timor-Leste

Amid COVID-19, emerging data show that violence against women and girls is on the rise globally and in Timor-Leste - a country that already had one... Read more

2 December 2021
Press Release

Prioritize needs of women and girls in Afghanistan

Kabul, Afghanistan – With International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November launching 16 Days of Activism Against Gender... Read more

1 December 2021

Pandemics will thrive as long as inequalities do

As the world embarks on 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

29 November 2021
Ms. Udani Elpitiya, enumerator for Sri Lanka’s 2019 violence against women prevalence survey | Image: UNFPA Sri Lanka

Heartbreak, gratitude and relief: An enumerator’s journey in conducting Sri Lanka’s first-ever survey on violence against women

As an enumerator for Sri Lanka’s first national violence against women (VAW) prevalence survey, Udani Elpitiya heard countless painful stories like... Read more