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12 January 2021

Winda’s story: Saying no to FGM

Winda* was aged 13 and just about to start secondary school when her father told her he wanted her to be cut (undergo female genital mutilation (FGM)). “He told me I was now grown up and I had to be... Read more

12 December 2020

The champions of change fighting to end gender-based violence in Tanzania

Rahabu  was 17 when she became pregnant and dropped out of school, crushing her dreams of becoming a teacher.  She returned to her home in Kahama Town at the age of 22, after leaving her abusive... Read more

10 December 2020

Standing up for human rights more important than ever

Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem on Human Rights Day 10 December 2020 Realizing human rights, equal and inalienable for every person, is the most just and meaningful goal of... Read more

1 December 2020

COVID-19 Threatens to Exacerbate Inequalities Faced by Many Living with HIV

Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem On World AIDS Day, 1 December 2020 On World AIDS Day, as we unite in support of people living with and affected by HIV, let us remember all... Read more

25 November 2020

Stand up and say ‘enough’ to violence

Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem on the International Day to End Violence against Women  Enough! That’s what we say, today and every day, to all forms of violence against women... Read more

26 October 2020

School girls in Shinyanga, Tanzania, speak out for a better future

“In the very beginning, I attended an adolescent girls camp in Shinyanga town, organized by KIWOHEDE,”  recalls Firyali,* a 17-year-old activist in Kahama, Shinyanga Region, Tanzania, and a student... Read more

13 October 2020
Press Release

Improving maternal health care for rural women in Zanzibar

Zanzibar, United Republic of Tanzania, 13 October –  A maternity ward was opened today at Kivunge District Hospital. The renovated facility will increase access to timely, high-quality and... Read more

12 October 2020
Press Release

Republic of Korea, UNFPA and UN Women partner to advance gender equality for some of the furthest behind women and girls in Tanzania

Msasala District, Shinyanga Region, 13 October – UNFPA and UN Women have launched a $5 million,  three-year Joint Programme –“Realizing Gender Equality through Empowering Women and Adolescent Girls... Read more

10 October 2020

Lifting up the voices of Zanzibari girls on International Day of the Girl Child

Amira, Fatma and Sabra* are all in Form 3 at Bumbwini Secondary School, North B District, Zanzibar. They love school; they say there is a good relationship between students and teachers and most... Read more

8 October 2020

Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem on the International Day of the Girl Child

It is every girl’s right to speak and to be heard.  Today, on the International Day of the Girl, let’s commit to listening to and lifting up girls’ voices. Too often, their voices are silenced, in... Read more