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6 June 2018
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MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR    Year on year, millions of women and adolescents in 155 countries and territories have been progressively able to exercise their sexual and reproductive health... Read more
13 May 2018
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Article 16 of the Teheran Proclamation declared, "Parents have a basic human right to determine freely and responsibly the number and spacing of their children." © UN Photo
UNITED NATIONS, New York – Fifty years ago, on 13 May, the world declared family planning to be a basic human right. Throughout all of human history, efforts to plan, avoid or delay pregnancy had... Read more
13 May 2018
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“I thought family planning was for married people, not for girls,” said Blessings Sonkhanani, a nurse in Malawi, in 2015. She has been trained to provide sexual and reproductive information and care to young people. “Now I know that anyone of childbearing age is eligible for family planning,” she said. © UNFPA/Meaghan Charkowick
Fifty years ago, on 13 May, the world declared family planning to be a basic human right. Until family planning is a universally available choice, this human right will not be fully realized. UNFPA... Read more
8 March 2018
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UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem International Women’s Day, 8 March 2018 The economic inequalities plaguing much of the world today are reinforced by many other forms of inequality,... Read more
6 February 2018
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Latty, 14, was inspired by her mother to call for the elimination of FGM. Luca Zordan for UNFPA
UNITED NATIONS, New York/Ouagadougou, BURKINA FASO – Fourteen-year-old Latifatou Compaoré learned the spirit of resistance from her mother. Her mother was subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM... Read more
4 February 2018
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Imagine a world where  every pregnancy is wanted  every childbirth is safe and  every young person's potential is fulfilled This is the world we are striving to realize. Our goal is to achieve... Read more
1 February 2018
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Fanny, in Malawi, was married at 17. “This was due to pressure from my parents, who were overwhelmed by the deep poverty we were experiencing, but I was not ready,” she said. © UNFPA Malawi
UNITED NATIONS, New York – Around the world, Valentine’s Day is celebrated as a romantic time for couples. Yet millions of children are coupled up before they are ready, often against their wills.... Read more
3 May 2016
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Women and children displaced from Taizz City receive services from UNFPA. © UNFPA Yemen
OBOCK, Djibouti – Four months pregnant and living amidst constant shelling and airstrikes, Jamila decided she had to flee her home in Taizz City, Yemen. “To leave everything behind and flee, not only... Read more