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8 March 2021

Celebrate women leaders on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response and beyond

Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem on International Women’s Day All over the world, women lead. They lead peace processes, run businesses, establish hospitals and schools. They... Read more

5 March 2021

Women supporting women through Knowledge Centres in Shinyanga

Milka says she first visited the Knowledge Centre in her village Malito, in Msalala District, Shinyanga Region, Tanzania, because she is naturally curious and likes to know what is going on in her... Read more

6 February 2021
Press Release

2 million additional cases of female genital mutilation likely to occur over next decade due to COVID-19

Only united, concerted and well-funded action can end this human rights violation Statement on the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation 6 February 2021 UNFPA Executive... Read more

5 February 2021

International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation: No Time for Inaction

Neema left home at the age of 10 to escape female genital mutilation (FGM). Her mother had been educated about the harmful impacts of the practice and did not want her daughter to be cut, but there... Read more

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