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17 September 2020

Miss Wheelchair World from Belarus joins new High-Level Commission to ensure Nairobi Summit promises are kept

ISTANBUL -- Aleksandra Chichikova, the first-ever Miss Wheelchair World and an advocate for the health of women with disabilities, has been appointed member of a new High-Level Commission monitoring... Read more

30 July 2020

Ensuring the reproductive rights of women with disabilities in Georgia

TBILISI, Georgia – Anna Maisuradze was just a small child of four or five years old when she realized that she wasn’t like the other kids. “As I grew up, I felt it even more – because of the way... Read more

27 July 2020

Young and old unite across generations during COVID-19 pandemic in Moldova

CHIȘINĂU, Moldova — When the phone rings, it takes a while for Maria Roșca, age 73, to answer, because she’s been outside in her garden planting vegetables. Roșca has been living alone after her... Read more

22 July 2020

Helping young people with disabilities cope with COVID-19 in North Macedonia

SKOPJE, North Macedonia — Taking precautions against becoming infected or spreading illness during the COVID-19 pandemic isn’t easy for anyone, but it poses special challenges for some people with... Read more

14 July 2020
Press Release

UN Women, UNFPA and EU launch ambitious initiative for gender equality in Eastern Partnership

With support from the European Union, the two UN sister agencies will work with government bodies and civil society partners in six countries to challenge deeply ingrained gender stereotypes,... Read more

13 July 2020

For Kyrgyzstan’s LGBTQI community, risks escalate under COVID-19 pandemic

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan – Alina* has faced a lifetime of challenges all too familiar to other transgender people. And she says those difficulties have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Alina was... Read more

10 July 2020
Press Release

UNFPA launches programme to strengthen demographic resilience in Europe and Central Asia

ISTANBUL, 10 July 2020 – Ahead of tomorrow’s World Population Day, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is launching a new programme to strengthen the capacity of countries in Europe and... Read more

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