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Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem on World Population Day- 11 July 2020 Peace in our world begins with peace in the home, as the United Nations Secretary-General stated in his call for a global ‘ceasefire’ on gender-based violence – a pandemic within the COVID pandemic. One woman in three experiences physical or sexual violence in her lifetime. Now, with countries on lockdown and household tens...
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Dr Rita Columbia, an American national, assumed her responsibilities as UNFPA Representative to Iraq on 1 July 2020. Dr Columbia takes over from Dr Oluremi Sogunro, who serves as UNFPA Representative to Iraq from 1 October 2018 until 30 June 2020.
Without urgent action, the situation for women and girls could worsen. Artwork by Fatma Mahmoud Salama Raslan.
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UNITED NATIONS, New York – Every day, hundreds of thousands of girls around the world are harmed physically or psychologically, with the full knowledge and consent of their families, friends and communities. And without urgent action, the situation is likely to worsen. These are the findings of UNFPA’s flagship 2020 State of World Population report, released today. The report examines the origin and extent of harm...

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