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6 February 2018

UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Statement on the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

A race against trends   Female genital mutilation is many things: A violent act that causes infection, disease, childbirth complications and even death. A cruel practice that inflicts lasting... Read more

12 January 2018

New Year, New Beginnings

Message from UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem The new year is a time for reflection and for resolutions -- a time to take stock of our successes and challenges, to strengthen our resolve... Read more

15 December 2017

Latest census to help shape a new future for Pakistan

UNFPA has been supporting the Government of Pakistan in officially conducting the Sixth Housing and Population Census - the last of which was held almost 20 years ago. The latest data collected from... Read more

15 December 2017

How one woman reclaimed her life after suffering from fistula for 25 years

After enduring a long and painful delivery of her third child at home in her village in Balochistan, Pakistan, Sarsan knew that something was wrong. The raw and throbbing pain she felt was way more... Read more

10 December 2017

We must be bold and vocal in promoting the rights of all people to make free decisions

Statement of UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem for Human Rights Day, 10 December 2017 Today, as we commemorate the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we celebrate the... Read more

25 November 2017

Commit to ending gender-based violence by 2030: UNFPA Executive Director

Statement of UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 25 November 2017 Rohingya refugees fleeing into Bangladesh have... Read more

20 November 2017
Midwives attend to clients in Sindh Province. Midwifery training programmes are empowering women and saving lives. © UNFPA Pakistan

In Pakistan, empowering midwives to empower women

TANDO MOHAMMAD KHAN/NAUSHAHARO FEROZE, Pakistan – Aashu Tresa, 32, remembers when becoming a mother was a life-or-death proposition. When she was growing up, no one in her rural village, Misree Kolhi... Read more

11 October 2017
Photo: UNFPA

Empower girls: before, during and after crises

Statement of UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem for the International Day of the Girl Child   Girls today enjoy better life prospects than previous generations in many ways. Prosperity and... Read more

12 July 2017

Just $8.39 per person could give women control over their fertility

Written by Yoriko Yasukawa, UNFPA's Asia-Pacific Regional Director, this article was originally published by the World Economic Forum.  Nestled in a remote forest near the border with Vietnam, the... Read more

11 July 2017
Press Release

No woman should die giving birth. Babies must survive and thrive: The urgent need to invest in family planning, maternal and newborn health care

Bangkok, July 11, 2017 – Family planning is not only a fundamental human right that empowers individuals, especially women and girls, and helps save the lives of women and newborns, it is vital to... Read more