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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

13 May 2020

Expanding choices during and after the COVID-19 crisis through employer support to working parents

By: Tiina Bruno, Parentsmart Employers, Sweden The rapid transition of so many employees to working at home with their children due to the COVID-19 pandemic has brought issues of balancing work and... Read more

12 May 2020

In Kyrgyz Republic, lockdowns force crisis centres to close their doors

KARAKOL, Kyrgyz Republic – When Ainura*, 30, arrived at the medical centre in Karakol she was so badly bruised that the doctor asked how she could endure the pain. It wasn’t the first time that her... Read more

8 May 2020

UNFPA launches programme to strengthen gender-responsive family policies in Western Balkans and Moldova

ISTANBUL, Turkey — Women in the Western Balkans and Moldova face significant barriers in achieving balance between their family lives and employment. Though these barriers are invisible, they are... Read more