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27 May 2020
Zaatari Youth Center

Nine things you need to know about periods and the pandemic

This article is a joint collaboration between UNFPA and UNICEF, lead agencies in the effort to ensure the health and rights of all people who menstruate. See a version of this article on UNICEF' s... Read more

5 May 2020
A midwife talks to girls about birth spacing at a youth firendly centre supported by UNFPA

Celebrating midwives, unsung heroes on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis

Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem on the International Day of the Midwife, 5 May 2020 As the world battles COVID-19, women continue to get pregnant and babies are still being... Read more

4 May 2020
The pandemic has introduced danger and uncertainty to the start of motherhood. Clockwise from top left: © UNFPA DRC, © China Maternal and Child Health Association, © Ethiopian Midwives Association, © UNFPA Honduras, © ZHIAN health organization, © Vojislav Gushevski, © UNFPA Albania

Mothers, midwives risking their lives to bring new life into the world

UNITED NATIONS, New York – Around the world, May is a time to celebrate mothers and the health workers who help them enter motherhood. Dozens of countries observe Mother’s Day in May and, on 5 May,... Read more

3 May 2020
Press Release

Financial stability and job creation top concerns for Iraqis, according to the newly launched national adolescent and youth survey

3 May 2020, Baghdad, Iraq – This month the Government of Iraq with the support of UNFPA and UNICEF, unveiled the results of its National Adolescent and Youth Survey. The survey was the first of its... Read more

28 April 2020
Press Release

New UNFPA projections predict calamitous impact on women’s health as COVID-19 pandemic continues

More than 47 million women could lose access to contraception, leading to 7 million unintended pregnancies in the coming months. As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, the number of women unable to... Read more

16 April 2020
UN in Iraq raises the alarm: Time to endorse the anti-domestic violence law

UN in Iraq raises the alarm: Time to endorse the anti-domestic violence law

Baghdad, Iraq; 16 April 2020 - The UN in Iraq urges the Iraqi Parliament to speed up the endorsement of the Anti-Domestic Violence Law amid alarming reports of a rise in gender-based and domestic... Read more

9 April 2020
© UNFPA Iraq/2018/Seivan Salim

Open letter from the Regional Directors of UNDP, UNWOMEN, UNFPA and ESCWA in the Arab States Region to Governments in the region

At the beginning of this week, the United Nations Secretary-General issued an appeal to stop violence everywhere including violence in the home. As Directors of the four United Nations Agencies who... Read more

7 April 2020

Protecting midwives to keep women and babies safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem on World Health Day On this World Health Day, we mark the first International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife. Midwives are central to... Read more

1 April 2020
A woman in Iraq. © UNFPA Iraq/Seivan Salim

Former child bride, once sold to pay debts, finds a new start

KURDISTAN, Iraq – Intisar* was only 15 years old when her parents forced her into a marriage. She described it as an act of commerce: They sold her to another family to pay off a debt. “It is the... Read more

29 March 2020
A woman at the Japanese-supported primary health clinic for a health consultation © 2019/UNFPA Iraq/Sofia Nitti

UNFPA Welcomes Japanese Support for Women and Girls in Iraq

Baghdad, 29 March 2020 - The Government of Japan contributed US$ 1.3 million towards UNFPA interventions for integrated lifesaving reproductive health and gender-based violence services to vulnerable... Read more