14 March 2018

Procurement that creates positive change

Copenhagen, March 14, 2018: The United Nations annual procurement volume of $18 billion USD not only creates change for the world's poor, benefiting from purchased vaccine, contraception, emergency shelters, etc.; the United Nations also influences the supplier market in a positive direction. When the United Nations system collaborates on purchasing goods and services, lower [...]

6 February 2018

“I refused”: Brave women and girls take a stand against FGM

United Nations, New York/Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, 6 February 2018 – Fourteen-year-old Latifatou Compaoré learned the spirit of resistance from her mother. Her mother was subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM) as a child in Burkina Faso. “She told me that one of the girls who had been cut the same day as [...]

6 February 2018

A race against trends

New York, 6 February 2018 –Statement by UNFPA Executive Director, Dr. Natalia Kanem, and UNICEF Executive Director, Henrietta H. Fore on International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation. “Female genital mutilation is many things: A violent act that causes infection, disease, childbirth complications, and even death. A cruel practice that inflicts lasting emotional [...]

10 December 2017

Joint Statement – ‘Freedom from fear’: Ending violence against women

10 December 2017 - A joint statement for Human Rights Day, 10 December 2017, from the Executive Directors of UNFPA and UN Women, Natalia Kanem and Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, and the Administrator of UNDP, Achim Steiner Human beings are born free and equal, both in rights and in dignity. This is the fundamental principle enshrined [...]

24 November 2017

UNFPA scales up response after Iraq earthquake

Erbil, Iraq, 24 November – In the aftermath of the powerful earthquake that struck the Iraq-Iran border on 12 November, UNFPA has scaled up its emergency response to meet the needs of women and girls. The 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck the border region between Iraq and the Islamic Republic of Iran, 30 km southwest of Halabja [...]

22 November 2017

A story of violence: 16 objects show the reality of gender-based violence around the world

United Nations, New York – “That’s what’s left of my teeth after my husband beat me,” Ameera* said at a women’s shelter in south-western Yemen. She held out three white shards, which she keeps as evidence for her divorce proceedings. “He hit me so hard he broke my teeth and nose,” she told UNFPA. Violence [...]

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 [...]