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11 July 2020
Statement

Accelerating Rights and Choices for All in a Post-COVID-19 Asia-Pacific

WORLD POPULATION DAY 2020 ACCELERATING RIGHTS AND CHOICES FOR ALL IN A POST-COVID ASIA-PACIFIC UNFPA ASIA-PACIFIC REGIONAL DIRECTOR BJORN ANDERSSON: OPENING REMARKS AT WPD2020 ONLINE COMMEMORATION 9... Read more

11 July 2020
News

Pregnancy doesn't stop during a pandemic. Neither do human rights.

Opinion-Editorial by Dr Natalia Kanem, UNFPA Executive Director and Bjorn Andersson, UNFPA Asia-Pacific Regional Director   COVID-19 continues to take an enormous toll on women and girls around the... Read more

11 July 2020
Statement

Peace in the home: safeguarding the health and rights of women and girls – even during COVID-19

Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem on World Population Day Peace in our world begins with peace in the home, as the United Nations Secretary-General stated in his call for a... Read more

10 July 2020
News

Ensuring maternal healthcare during a pandemic

The COVID-19 crisis has taken a staggering toll worldwide. As countries are under lockdown and health systems are struggling to cope, sexual and reproductive health services continue to be affected.... Read more

2 July 2020
News

A midwife drops her knife and transforms her community

Indonesia - When Suci Maesaroh went to midwifery school in Indonesia, female genital mutilation was not covered in the curriculum. But as soon as she began to practice, it became clear that... Read more

1 July 2020
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Jasbeer Kaur and her adult daughters

Mother, rebel and role model: One woman stands firm against son preference

Rajasthan, India - “My stomach was huge, so I knew that I was carrying more than one child. What I didn’t know was that they were going to be all girls,” 58-year-old Jasbeer Kaur says, smiling at her... Read more

30 June 2020
Statement

State of World Population Report 2020: Against My Will

Statement by Dr. Natalia Kanem, UNFPA Executive Director Against my will: defying the practices that harm women and girls and undermine equality Imagine a girl. She’s 12 years old. She loves school.... Read more

30 June 2020
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Mentor and friend: Lali Adivasi (right) with Ramkali Adivasi (left)

Her stories: How girls in India are turning to education instead of child marriage

Many parents in India think child marriage is good for the whole family. They are influenced by economic pressures and social norms that place lower value on girls. But the reality is that child... Read more

30 June 2020
Press Release

Confronting the silent and endemic crisis of harmful practices 

Urgent, accelerated action needed to stop female genital mutilation, child marriage and other practices that harm women and girls: new UNFPA report  30 June 2020, NEW YORK / BANGKOK -- Every year,... Read more

30 June 2020
News
A Youth Health Line counsellor provides guidance on health issues, including child marriage, to young people in Afghanistan | Image: Zaeem Abdul Rahman/UNFPA Afghanistan

Amidst poverty and conflict, an Afghan father shows his daughter she counts

Ghor Province, Afghanistan - Walking home from school one day in central Afghanistan’s Ghor province, 14-year-old Pari* noticed a strange man giving her an intrusive look. Frightened, she hurried... Read more

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