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 [...]

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 [...]