11 October 2017

Girls speak out on inequality

United Nations, New York – Despite years of efforts and advances, full gender equality has yet to be realized. There is not one country in the world free of gender-based violence or discrimination. And in too many places, the burdens of inequality fall hardest on the youngest. Around the world, as girls approach puberty, they find themselves increasingly [...]

4 October 2017

Invitation to UNFPA Seminar on 25 October: SRHRincrisis

Join a discussion with experts from the field How do we ensure the protection of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of women and girls in the ongoing humanitarian situation in Yemen and Iraq? In Yemen, millions of people continue to face a triple tragedy from the spectre of famine, the world’s largest [...]

22 September 2017

UN and EU launch global effort to end violence against women

United Nations, New York, 22 September 2017 – Violence against women continues to be the most pervasive human rights violation in the world. Roughly one in three women experience physical or sexual assault in her lifetime – and this figure may well be an underestimate. On Wednesday, the European Union and the United Nations jointly [...]

20 September 2017

Leaders at United Nations address sexual violence as a weapon of war

United Nations, New York, 20 September 2017 – “Our girls were not born to be sexual slaves. Each one of them had a dream or goal for future,” Zina Salim Hassan, a 21-year-old Yazidi advocate, told UNFPA ahead of an United Nations event focusing on the use of sexual and gender-based violence as a weapon [...]

26 July 2017

Looking for a small present – buy handmade soap from some of the most vulnerable women in Burkina Faso – and make a difference

Last year, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund bought a batch of handmade soap from Burkina Faso for sale in the UN City shop in Copenhagen. The soap is made by some of the most vulnerable women in Burkina Faso, namely those accused of being witches. The women are living at the UNFPA-supported Delwende [...]

12 June 2017

Gender Based Violence on the rise in war-torn Ukraine

"I first met 17-year-old Iryna in the maternity hospital where she was sitting next to the window, staring into space and rubbing her big belly – in the last month of her pregnancy.  She did not know whether or not to return home to her abusive husband," psychologist, Olga Shapoval says. After Iryna's father [...]

6 June 2017

UNFPA mourns passing of Executive Director

United Nations, 5 June 2017— With profound sadness, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, announces that its Executive Director, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, passed away suddenly at his home last night.  He was 68 years old. “This is a devastating loss for UNFPA and for the people, especially women, girls and youth, he dedicated his [...]

12 May 2017

This Mother’s Day, remembering the joys – and dangers – of motherhood

United Nations, New York/Homs, Syria – Motherhood should be a time of joy, but for too many women, it comes with something else: peril. "Becoming a mother and having a family was always a dream of mine. But I never expected it to happen in these circumstances," Fatima told aid workers in Homs, the [...]

4 April 2017

Statement by UNFPA on U.S. Decision to Withhold Funding

New York, 4 April 2017 — UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, regrets the decision by the United States to deny any future funding for its life-saving work the world over. This decision is based on the erroneous claim that UNFPA “supports, or participates in the management of, a programme of coercive abortion or [...]

13 February 2017

On Valentine’s Day, say #IDONT

United Nations/Kapilvastu/Erbil – “I’ve been married for five years – since I was 12 – but I haven’t gone to live with my husband yet,” said Rupali Kurmi, from Kapilvastu district, in Nepal. “That’s happening in about three weeks’ time.” This Valentine’s Day, for its annual #IDONT campaign, UNFPA is partnering with artists to raise [...]