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23 June 2021

How Skilled Midwives are Contributing to Averting Maternal and Newborn Deaths Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage, the role of skilled midwives towards averting maternal and newborn deaths continues to be key. Unfortunately, in most underserved communities with high... Read more

1 June 2021

Going the Last Mile | Ensuring Access to Quality Reproductive Health Commodities in Hard to Reach Communities of Zambia

Despite notable progress over the last decade, access to reproductive health commodities remains a significant public health challenge in Zambia, with unmet need for family planning still relatively... Read more

25 May 2021

Navigating the “New Normal”: First-Ever Virtual Inter-Country GPS Training for Staff

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our modes of operation, including staff capacity building initiatives, which were previously mainly undertaken through face-face interactions. In order to ensure... Read more

11 May 2021

Menstruation and human rights - Frequently asked questions

How is menstruation related to human rights? When does menstruation start? What are common myths and taboos about menstruation? What is period poverty? These and many more questions are answered in... Read more

14 April 2021

Bodily autonomy: Busting 7 myths that undermine individual rights and freedoms

UNITED NATIONS, New York – Nearly half of all women are denied their bodily autonomy, according to data from 57 countries, UNFPA’s flagship report announced today. The 2021 State of World Population... Read more

14 April 2021
Press Release

Nearly half of all women are denied their bodily autonomy, says new UNFPA report, My Body is My Own

Violations include rape, forced sterilization, virginity testing, female genital mutilation and more NEW YORK, 14 April 2021 - Nearly half of women in 57 developing countries are denied the right to... Read more

26 March 2021

Advancing maternal and newborn health outcomes in Zambia through health systems strengthening

In order to sustainably roll back maternal and neonatal mortality, it is critical that health facilities are adequately equipped with all essential live saving equipment. However, this is not the... Read more

18 March 2021

Supporting Continuity of Services for Women and Girls Affected by Gender-Based Violence Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

During pandemics, women and girls remain among the most severely affected population group – with a heightened need for health and protection services. One year into the COVID-19 pandemic, evidence... Read more

8 March 2021

Young Zambian Women Taking the Lead: Tendai's Story

In Zambia, there are many young women and girls striving to make a difference in various areas of our society, and are working with passion to impact many lives. We need all the support we can get.... Read more

5 February 2021

2 million additional cases of female genital mutilation likely to occur over next decade due to COVID-19

Statement on the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation   UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore  Two million additional cases... Read more