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17 June 2022
Statement
UNFPA Executive Director

ED statement on the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict

When wars begin, so does the terror and devastation of sexual violence. The bodies of women and girls become battlefields. Rape is used as a weapon of war just as surely as the bomb that blows up a... Read more

30 March 2022
News

7 myths about unintended pregnancy debunked

Half. That is the alarmingly high proportion of pregnancies that girls and women do not deliberately choose. The neglected crisis of unintended... Read more

7 March 2022
News

Women and girls pay a heavy price during conflicts and emergencies

More than 1.7 million people, mostly women and children, have now fled from their homes in Ukraine to neighbouring countries. For them, displacement... Read more

10 June 2021
News

At 17, drugged then raped, Josephine gets pregnant

“I woke up around 10 p.m. in one of the rooms where the party was organized. My entire body ached and I felt dizzy. I noticed that my underwear was next to me and I was not dressed. I noticed a... Read more

11 May 2021
News

Menstruation and human rights - Frequently asked questions

How is menstruation related to human rights? When does menstruation start? What are common myths and taboos about menstruation? What is period... Read more

14 April 2021
Press Release

Nearly half of all women are denied their bodily autonomy, says new UNFPA report, My Body is My Own

Nearly half of women in 57 developing countries are denied the right to decide whether to have sex with their partners, use contraception or seek... Read more

14 April 2021
News

Bodily autonomy: Busting 7 myths that undermine individual rights and freedoms

Nearly half of all women are denied their bodily autonomy, according to data from 57 countries, UNFPA’s flagship report announced today. The 2021... Read more

3 March 2021
News

She was kidnapped, sequestered, tortured and raped which resulted in her pregnancy...

Benedicte is a 15-year-old girl, full of optimism, whom we met when she left the UNFPA-supported Women's House in Mbandaka. Her optimism about life masks all the suffering she has gone through in her... Read more

12 January 2021
News

Remembering: Mme Henriette Eke

Eke Henriette was the midwifery adviser for UNFPA DRC. She represented and modeled exceptional commitment to UNFPA’s mandate and made a positive impact in the area of maternal health. Henriette’s... Read more

11 October 2020
News

Embracing the hopes and dreams of millions of girls for a gender-equal world

International Day of the Girl Child The story of 12-year-old Amanda in Zambia, who has large dreams, is the story of millions of girls across Africa. She sees a hopeful future ahead, one in which her... Read more

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