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13 November 2019
Press Release

Major commitments made by governments, civil society, private sector at landmark sexual and reproductive health summit

  NAIROBI, Kenya, 12 November 2019 – World leaders, representatives of non-governmental organizations, young people, business leaders and community groups today began unveiling their commitments to... Read more

12 November 2019

Nairobi Summit on ICPD25 a commitment to end maternal deaths, gender-based violence and unmet need for family planning

NAIROBI, Kenya—The landmark Nairobi Summit on ICPD25 calls for action to end maternal deaths, stop gender-based violence and meet demand for family planning – all in the next 10 years. More than 6,... Read more

11 November 2019

When is Universal Health Coverage good for attaining universal Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights?

This is a special year for all rights-based health advocates, as we celebrate 25 years of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD). At the ICPD in Cairo in 1994, for the... Read more

25 October 2019

African and Asian Parliamentarians recommit to transforming the lives of all, especially women and girls

TOKYO, Japan – Members of Parliament from Asia and East and Southern Africa committed to intensifying their efforts to improve the livelihoods of all, especially women and girls, and to ensure that... Read more

18 October 2019

Spotlight Initiative raises awareness of gender-based violence among peer educators in Zimbabwe

MANICALAND, Zimbabwe—At the vocational training centre where he is studying, there is “a lot of abuse” in the form of sexual harassment, often perpetrated by young men, says Elijah Chipise, 20. “... Read more

16 October 2019

In Uganda, surviving rape and child marriage one plait at a time

ODRAMACAKU, Uganda – Christmas is one of the busiest times of the year for beauty salons in this small town in Uganda’s northern Arua District. Local women want to look their best for the holidays.... Read more

11 October 2019

GirlForce: Unscripted and unstoppable on the road to Nairobi and beyond!

Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem on the International Day of the Girl Child, 11 October Around the world, girls are challenging gender stereotypes and breaking free from the... Read more

11 October 2019

25 Years Later, a Landmark Framework on Rights and Choices is More Relevant Than Ever

Much has been achieved for girls and women under the ICPD Programme of Action, but much work remains Statement on International Day of the Girl Child, 11 October 2019   To mitigate global climate... Read more

8 October 2019

“I couldn’t recognize my own face any more” – empowered to rebuild her life after years of spousal abuse

MAPUTO, Mozambique—Ana Maria*, 30, suffered psychological, emotional and physical abuse at the hands of her husband for years and still feels distressed when she sees herself in the mirror or a photo... Read more

2 October 2019

Spotlight pilot phase improves access to justice for survivors of gender-based violence

Malawi—Access to justice for survivors of gender-based violence is improving in Malawi following implementation of the pilot phase of the Spotlight Initiative in two of the six target districts. The... Read more