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30 June 2020
Press Release

Confronting the silent and endemic crisis of harmful practices

Urgent, accelerated action needed to stop female genital mutilation, child marriage, and other practices that harm women and girls, according to new UNFPA report 30 June 2020, NEW YORK—Every year,... Read more

30 June 2020
News

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

25 June 2020
News

Youth volunteers in Eritrea ensure young people are protected against COVID-19 pandemic

ASMARA, Eritrea—Youth ambassador Medhanie, 18, has made it his personal responsibility to ensure that young people are safe from the COVID-19 pandemic, by sharing information and asking them to stay... Read more

19 June 2020
Statement

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

18 June 2020
News

At risk of rape outside and violence in South Sudan POC camp – will women and girls ever be safe?

BENTIU, South Sudan—Staying at home may be the safest way to avoid infection with the coronavirus, but for women and girls in Bentiu, South Sudan, it means greater vulnerability to gender-based... Read more

16 June 2020
News

A school's desperate fight to prevent teen pregnancies and keep girls in school in Malawi

LILONGWE, Malawi—Four years ago, the headmaster at Chapita Primary School in Salima considered an enormous challenge that lay ahead of him. Each term, girls would drop out of school due to falling... Read more

15 June 2020
Statement

Bending the Arc of History Towards Justice

Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem on the Fight Against Systemic Racism and Discrimination We are living through turbulent, trying times. This is a moment of suffering for many... Read more

15 June 2020
Statement

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... Read more

15 June 2020
Statement

On the Black Lives Matter Protests and other Mass Demonstrations against Systemic Racism and Police Brutality

Joint reflections by United Nations Senior African Officials (*) A desperate yearning for a long-departed mother. Reaching deep from the bowels of fragile humanity. Grasping for breath. Begging for... Read more

9 June 2020
News

Youth and COVID-19 Diaries: Tutoring brother, nursing granma and learning a new language

  Zimbabwe: 28-year-old Sharon Fadzai Muchena's Story Date of diary session: 8 May 2020  “My main worry right now is whether my sanitary [products] will take me through to the end of lockdown.”... Read more

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