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30 June 2020

Five things you didn’t know about practices that harm girls

UNITED NATIONS, New York – Every day, hundreds of thousands of girls around the world are harmed physically or psychologically, with the full knowledge and consent of their families, friends and... Read more

19 June 2020

A Blight on Humanity’s Conscience

Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem on the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict   Sexual violence in conflict is a threat to our collective... Read more

15 June 2020

COVID-19 jeopardises progress made towards protecting women and girls from violence and harmful practices

Opinion editorial by Justine Coulson (UNFPA), Roberta Clarke (UN Women) and Mohamed M. Fall (UNICEF) Statement to mark International Day of the African Child The passing of laws to end child marriage... Read more

28 May 2020

Dignity kits meet hygiene needs of women and girls amid COVID-19 pandemic

During pandemics, women and girls of reproductive age remain among the most severely affected population group – with a heightened need for specific health and hygiene services. With the fast... Read more

23 May 2020

My Fistula is repaired! Now I can return to school!

Mariud, aged 19, lives in a remote village located in Mkushi District, Central Province of Zambia. Pregnant at the age of 13, Mariud developed Obstetric Fistula in 2014, as a result of a 72 hour... Read more

28 April 2020
Press Release

New UNFPA projections predict calamitous impact on women’s health as COVID-19 pandemic continues

More than 47 million women could lose access to contraception, leading to 7 million unintended pregnancies in the coming months. New York, USA, 27 April 2020 - As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, the... Read more

23 April 2020

Young Innovators: Making Re-usable Face Masks to Help Vulnerable Communities Fight COVID-19

Around the world, the one piece of personal protective gear we have seen many commercial companies make throughout the COVID-19 pandemic is the face mask. In Lusaka and Solwezi Districts of Zambia,... Read more

14 April 2020

Engaging Zambia’s youth in the fight against COVID-19

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, and as part of the joint UN system in Zambia’s support to the Government of Zambia, UNFPA in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth has facilitated the... Read more

31 March 2020

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Pandemic

In response to this unprecedented crisis, we are urgently supplying life-saving medical equipment to help front-line workers save mothers and babies. Please help us protect pregnant women, new... Read more

27 March 2020

Women, girls, health workers must not be overlooked in global COVID-19 response

Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem   With each passing day, the scale of the COVID-19 crisis and its consequences are becoming ever more apparent and alarming. UNFPA, the United... Read more