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3 July 2020
News

Faith leaders at the forefront of COVID-19 protection efforts in Zanzibar

Ms. Amina Khalfan, a religious leader and member of West B Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Action Group in Zanzibar, was one of 30 religious leaders who agreed to play a key role in the battle against... 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

30 June 2020
Press Release

Confronting the silent and endemic crisis of harmful practices

30 June 2020, NEW YORK – Every year, millions of girls are subjected to practices that harm them physically and emotionally, with the full knowledge and consent of their families, friends and... 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 security... Read more

12 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

11 June 2020
News

Pandemic impacts on ending-FGM efforts

Hope for Girls and Women runs two safe houses in Serengeti and Butiama Districts, Mara Region, Tanzania, for girls who are fleeing female genital mutilation (FGM). In spite of the criminalization of... Read more

27 May 2020
News

The pandemic is exacerbating menstruation-related challenges for girls in Zanzibar

Maira,* a female teacher at a government school in Zanzibar, says that menstrual hygiene is still a big challenge for girls.  “Most of our female students come from poor families; many of them cannot... Read more

26 May 2020
News

Poverty and taboo, stumbling blocks to menstrual health for girls in Zanzibar

Afaafa* (19 years) had her first period almost six years ago. She remembers her mother took her from their home in Mwembe njugu (near Zanzibar Town) to Makadara, where her mother’s best friend Bi.... Read more

21 May 2020
Statement

End gender inequality! End health inequities! End fistula now!

Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem on the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, 23 May 2020 Last November, the world convened in Nairobi to celebrate the tremendous gains... Read more

21 May 2020
News

Pandemic or not, efforts to end obstetric fistula must not stall

Nuriat Koku Mtumbi remembers that day in March well.  “It was raining heavily and Adimu* had delivered her baby on her way to our facility. She was shielding herself under a tree, but her mother... Read more

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