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14 April 2021
Press Release

Nearly half of all women worldwide are denied their bodily autonomy, says new UNFPA report My Body is My Own

Violations include sexual abuse, child marriage, honor killings and more NEW YORK/ISTANBUL, 14 April 2021 – Nearly half of women in 57 countries are denied the right to decide whether to have sex... Read more

14 April 2021
News

Laws aside: the reality of unequal abortion access

“One woman, she was brought from a remote village and she was in very severe condition… She’d tried to induce an abortion by herself,” recalled Nuriye Ortayli, who worked as an obstetrician and... Read more

14 April 2021
News

When sex is work

“Knowing that I have a say and that I’m in control of my own body, I really only learned those things after becoming a sex worker,” Liana explained through a translator in Indonesia. By now, Liana is... Read more

14 April 2021
News

Putting the unity in community

Daniyar realized he was transgender at age 7, but believed for years that he was alone. “When I was 15 or 16, I was very depressed. I was not accepting myself… I didn’t know that there were LGBTI... Read more

6 April 2021
News

Official opening ceremony kicks off course on demographic resilience for CIS countries

A two-month intensive course on “Demographic resilience of the CIS countries” that will bring together 82 policymakers and civil servants from around the region with the support of UNFPA was launched... Read more

6 April 2021
News

A publication on reproductive health for women with disabilities is published in Braille

NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan – In a win for inclusion, a reproductive health publication for women with disabilities has been published in Braille for the visually impaired. “A matter of importance: your... Read more

21 March 2021
Statement

Statement in response to Turkey’s withdrawal from Istanbul Convention

UNFPA joins the United Nations in Turkey in expressing deep concern about Turkey’s withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention, Europe’s primary international treaty to prevent violence against women,... Read more

18 March 2021
Press Release

COVID-19 created unexpected opportunities for depopulating countries of South-East Europe – new UNFPA brief

ISTANBUL, 18 March 2021 – The COVID-19 pandemic has created unexpected opportunities, even in rural areas, for the countries of South-East European struggling with population decrease, according to a... Read more

18 March 2021
News

Rural-urban collaboration gives new life to once-dying Serbian village

VRMDZA, Serbia — Until a few years ago, there was nothing to distinguish Vrmdza from a thousand other dying Serbian villages. Though picturesque and historic, it had an ageing population and was at... Read more

18 March 2021
News

Better economic prospects draw Bulgarian professionals back home amid COVID-19 pandemic

SOFIA – While living abroad for more than two decades, Sava Savov, 43, remembered his home country of Bulgaria as “poor, corrupt, dangerous and bleak.” He and his wife had left during the difficult... Read more

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