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5 May 2021

Global shortage of 900,000 midwives threatens women’s lives and health, new report shows

ERBIL, Iraq/UNITED NATIONS, New York – “A 35-year-old pregnant woman came to our clinic with abdominal pain,” recalled Hawrin Yousif, a 27-year-old midwife in the Khazir displacement camp in the... Read more

23 April 2021

Prioritizing the most vulnerable and further behind groups is key to realizing bodily autonomy

The Eswatini Demographic Survey shows that about 51% women in Eswatini lack the power to make their own decisions on sexual reproductive health matters such as having sex with partner, using a... Read more

14 April 2021

Bodily autonomy: Busting 7 myths that undermine individual rights and freedoms

UNITED NATIONS, New York – Nearly half of all women are denied their bodily autonomy, according to data from 57 countries, UNFPA’s flagship report announced today. The 2021 State of World Population... Read more

14 April 2021
Press Release

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

Violations include rape, forced sterilization, virginity testing, female genital mutilation and more NEW YORK, 14 April 2021 - Nearly half of women in 57 developing countries are denied the right to... Read more

29 March 2021

It’s literally from rags to riches for young Mantfombi as fabric recycling gave her startup capital for a flourishing business

“Like many other young people in my area, I could not find a job after graduating. I could not even start a business as I had no startup capital,” stated 25-year-old Mantfombi Dlamini narrating how... Read more

22 March 2021

Dignity packs to help women and girls recover better from Cyclone Eloise

“This is a very kind gesture. I will not worry about my child’s nappies for a long time,” stated a joyful 25-year-old Samukelisiwe Mamba after receiving her package from UNFPA at Game 5 community... Read more

25 January 2021

A health facility assessment shows that persons with disabilities face challenges as they access health services

“People need to understand that there’s so much ability within disability and should therefore treat persons with disabilities with dignity just like they would treat others,” stated Nozizwe Mvubu as... Read more

20 January 2021

UNFPA ensures continuity of health services by donating protective equipment for Frontline Healthcare Workers

“One of our challenges is that we wear the same surgical masks for three to five days without being provided with new ones,” lamented a healthcare worker as quoted by the Times of Eswatini on around... Read more

24 October 2020

Dignity packs bring confidence to girls as they prepare for final exams

The year 2020 will go down as one of the worst years as far as learning is concerned. Due the COVID-19 pandemic, many children were deprived their right to education as learning institutions were... Read more

12 October 2020

Understanding the needs of the girl child, is key to problem solving - DPM

“It’s a special day. Every young girl should take pride in being celebrated. On this day we should celebrate their achievements and also find ways to help them overcome each and every challenge they... Read more