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8 March 2019

Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem on International Women's Day 2019

Everywhere, new technologies and innovations are transforming the way we work, the way we communicate, the way we interact with each other and with our environment, and the way we live, in ways previous generations could not have imagined. Innovation also offers opportunities to leapfrog the obstacles that have kept far too

6 February 2019

UNFPA, UNICEF and UN Women Joint Statement on the International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM 2019

Mary Oloiparuni was 13 when she was mutilated. Restrained in a doorway early one morning in her home, she was cut, bled profusely and experienced agonizing pain. The scarring she endured then continues to cause her pain today, 19 years later. It has made giving birth to each of her five children an excruciating and harrowing

10 December 2018

Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem on International Human Rights Day

On this day, 70 years ago, United Nations Member States adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which affirms that “all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights”. UNFPA’s work is inspired by this landmark document and its founding principles of universality and inalienability. Human rights are both

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