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3 July 2020

A lifeline for people living with HIV: One woman’s story

Living outside of her country during the COVID-19 pandemic, Aina* was afraid to seek medical care when her health began to deteriorate. After being terrorized by an abusive ex who used her HIV-... Read more

30 June 2020
Portrait of Sibel Bajram

Escaping child marriage in North Macedonia: ‘Once you leave your mark, others can follow’

SKOPJE, North Macedonia — Life could have turned out very differently for Sibel Bajram. The young English-language teacher comes from North Macedonia’s Roma community, where child marriages – often... Read more

30 June 2020
Press Release
State of World Population report cover

Confronting the silent and endemic crisis of harmful practices

Urgent, accelerated action needed to stop female genital mutilation, child marriage, and other practices that harm women and girls, according to new UNFPA report ISTANBUL – Every year, millions of... Read more

20 June 2020

After tragedy, refugee family finds safety and community in Turkey

KONYA, Turkey – Salimeh was nervous about fleeing from Afghanistan to Turkey as a refugee, but her husband insisted life would be better. They would be safer. They would rise out of poverty. He had... Read more

19 June 2020

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 19 June 2020 Sexual violence in conflict is a threat to our... Read more

10 June 2020

Assessing COVID-19 through a gender lens

By Alanna Armitage World leaders, movie stars, and professional athletes have all been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. But despite this seemingly leveling effect, the new and potentially deadly... Read more

29 May 2020

Baby’s first cry under lockdown: Delivering safely amid a pandemic in North Macedonia

SKOPJE, North Macedonia — When the time came for Marija Matovska to give birth, she and her husband had more than the usual worries of first-time parents on their minds. As they rushed to the... Read more

28 May 2020
Press Release

UNFPA advocates investing in reproductive health to accelerate progress in achieving the sustainable development

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, 28 May 2020 – Dr. Ramiz Alakbarov, UNFPA Deputy Executive Director Management ad interim participated at the International Seminar on "Financing SDG implementation: the role... Read more

22 May 2020

Silent solutions available to quarantined survivors of domestic violence

KYIV, Ukraine – Oleksandra’s* ex-husband was waging a quiet war against her, she says, one that escalated under quarantine. She lives in the same apartment as her ex-husband and their two children.... Read more

18 May 2020

Older people’s rights and dignity must be protected amid COVID-19 pandemic

By Alanna Armitage Across Europe, from Spain to Serbia, care homes for older people have become hotspots of COVID-19 infections. According to the World Health Organization, residents of long-term... Read more