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12 August 2020
Press Release

Youth leading the way in COVID-19 solutions

Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem on International Youth Day   As we mark International Youth Day in the midst of a global pandemic, we witness how young people are taking... Read more

30 July 2020

We must win the battle against human trafficking

Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem on World Day Against Trafficking in Persons 2020 Every year, tens of thousands of people are trafficked across and within national borders.... Read more

24 July 2020
Young girls at the 2016 International AIDS Conference in South Africa ©Corrie Butler/UNFPA ESARO

Child marriage is forced marriage: Let’s call it what it is - Experts, advocates and youth activists come together to devise solutions to end this harmful practice.

“From the moment a girl is [forced into marriage], her wings are [clipped] and her dreams are [tainted] for the rest of her life,” shared Graça Machel, Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Advocate... Read more

20 July 2020

Responding to GBV cases in times of COVID-19: the powerful role of 'Linha Verde' emergency hotline operators

  “Linha Verde 1458 will offer a fast and safe response to women who suffer violence during COVID-19. It is a source of pride for me, as well as for my co-workers, to know that we are helping those... Read more

11 July 2020

Peace in the home: safeguarding the health and rights of women and girls – even during COVID-19

Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem on World Population Day 11 July 2020 Peace in our world begins with peace in the home, as the United Nations Secretary-General stated in his... Read more

30 June 2020

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

30 June 2020
Press Release
Artwork by Fatma Mahmoud Salama Raslan

Confronting the silent and endemic crisis of harmful practices

Urgent, accelerated action needed to stop child marriage, and other practices that harm women and girls, according to new UNFPA report  Maputo, Mozambique/New York — Every year, millions of girls are... Read more

19 June 2020

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

16 June 2020

COVID-19 jeopardises progress made towards protecting women and girls from violence and harmful practices - Jornal Noticias

Opinion editorial by Justine Coulson (UNFPA), Roberta Clarke (UN Women) and Mohamed M. Fall (UNICEF).   This article was featured in Jornal Noticias - June 16th edition The passing of laws to end... Read more

15 June 2020

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