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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

26 March 2020
Women health workers continue to provide much needed services to women and girls across Iraq. © 2020/ photo by UIMS

Women, girls, health workers must not be overlooked in global COVID-19 response

Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr Natalia Kanem  With each passing day, the scale of the COVID-19 crisis and its consequences are becoming ever more apparent and alarming. UNFPA, the United... Read more

8 March 2020

2020, a pivotal year for gender equality (IWD 2020)

2020 is a pivotal year for gender equality. Around the world, countries are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Beijing Declaration which committed all Member States, including... Read more

6 March 2020
"I want my daughters to be respected as human beings," says Fawzia Koofi, a trailblazer in Afghanistan. © Johannes Eisele/AFP/GettyImages

“We must resolutely resist any attempts to go back”: Listening to the icons and activists of women’s rights

UNITED NATIONS, New York – The eighth of March is International Women’s Day, and the stakes could not be higher. This year marks a quarter century since the creation of the Beijing Declaration and... Read more

6 March 2020

I am Generation Equality: Working together to achieve a gender-equal world

  Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem on International Women's Day This International Women's Day, we celebrate the icons who blazed the trail towards gender equality. We now look... Read more

6 March 2020

UNFPA statement on novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and pregnancy

UNFPA, the UN sexual and reproductive health agency, is closely monitoring and working with partners, governments and UN agencies to address the outbreak of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19),... Read more

24 February 2020

UNFPA holds stakeholders meeting on CPD framework

Baghdad, Iraq, 24 February 2020 - UNFPA held on 23-24 February, a two-day meeting with donors, government entities and potential implementing partners in Erbil, in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, to... Read more

20 February 2020
Press Release
Photo by Ministry of Planning

UNFPA Iraq launches its new country programme document 2020-2024

20 February 2020; Baghdad, Iraq – The Government of Iraq, represented by the Ministry of Planning, and UNFPA launched the Fund’s third Country Programme Document (CPD) for 2020-2024, at the Ministry... Read more