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2 April 2021

United Nations chiefs urge donors to support record appeals for Syrians and the region

(New York/Geneva, 29 March 2021) – On the eve of the fifth Brussels conference for Syria, the  United Nations humanitarian, refugee and development chiefs have urged international donors  to step up... Read more

29 March 2021

Motherhood on the brink: Pregnant women in Yemen under famine and violence

CRATER, Yemen –  “It was the morning of a normal working day before fighting escalated close to the hospital. I heard a mother screaming at the gate,” midwife Shrook Khalid Saeed told UNFPA this week... Read more

27 March 2021

As more than one million pregnant women face malnutrition in Yemen, UNFPA Executive Director appeals for peace and increased support

Aden/Sana’a - The Executive Director of UNFPA, the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency, called for peace in Yemen and urgent funding for women’s health and protection as she... Read more

26 March 2021

In visit to Sudan, UNFPA Executive Director commends progress in transition to democracy, says continued support of international community remains critical

Khartoum, 21 March 2021 - Wrapping up a 5-day visit to Sudan, UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem congratulated the transitional government and people of Sudan for the democratic transition... Read more

20 March 2021

Syria’s decade of conflict takes massive toll on women and girls

DAMASCUS, Syria – This week, Syria marks a grim anniversary: 10 years since the start of the country’s grinding conflict. Today, one decade into the catastrophe, about half the country’s entire... Read more

9 March 2021

Joint statement on International Women’s Day

UN Women Arab States Regional Director, Ms. Susanne Mikhail Eldhagen UNFPA ASRO Regional Director, Dr. Luay Shabaneh This year’s International Women’s Day theme, “Women In leadership: Achieving an... Read more

8 March 2021

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

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

4 March 2021

In Yemen’s man-made catastrophe, women and girls pay the heaviest price

IBB, Yemen – Midwife Lena Al-Shurmani remembers meeting Abia* at Al Mawa Camp in Ibb. Abia was 15 years old and eight months pregnant. “I was very worried,” Ms. Al-Shurmani recalled. “She had a... Read more

20 February 2021

Child marriage, female genital mutilation urgent priorities as pandemic threatens progress

UNITED NATIONS, New York – February is a busy month for retailers marketing the promise of “happily ever after” to girls around the world. But for tens of millions of girls, this is just a fairytale... Read more

12 February 2021

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 UNFPA Executive Director Dr.... Read more