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12 June 2020
Statement

Bending the Arc of History Towards Justice

We are living through turbulent, trying times. This is a moment of suffering for many people, especially people of African descent. Protests have... 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... 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... 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)... 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... 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... Read more

5 May 2020
Statement

Celebrating midwives, unsung heroes on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis

As the world battles COVID-19, women continue to get pregnant and babies are still being born. Childbirth doesn't stop for pandemics, and... Read more

5 May 2020
News

Protecting midwives as the defenders of women’s rights in the times of COVID-19

On 5 May, the International Day of the Midwife honours the life-saving work of midwives everywhere – but this year the celebrations arrive on a more... Read more

28 April 2020
Press Release

New UNFPA projections predict calamitous impact on women’s health as COVID-19 pandemic continues

More than 47 million women could lose access to contraception, leading to 7 million unintended pregnancies in the coming months. New York, USA, 27... Read more

27 April 2020
News

Upholding rights in the times of COVID-19

Simiyu, Tanzania – Angelina has been a midwife for 30 years, and is now based at Bariadi District Hospital, a facility recently renovated and... Read more

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