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11 November 2020

I never thought it could happen to me

In 2017, Ikgopoleng Keabetswe reunited with the father of her first child whom she met when she was 16 years old. Two months into the relationship, Ikgopoleng’s partner became abusive. She tried to... Read more

27 October 2020

Leveraging the Power of Media to End Gender Based Violence

Gaborone, BOTSWANA- In an effort to eradicate gender-based violence (GBV), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) organised a one day orientation session for 30 print and electronic media... Read more

24 October 2020

Seventy-fifth Anniversary of the United Nations

As much as anniversaries celebrate what came before, this year’s United Nations Day—marking the Charter of the United Nations entering into force—focuses on what lies ahead. In January, United... Read more

20 October 2020

Trusting statistics to tell the story

Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem On World Statistics Day, 20 October 2020 A statistic is not only a number – it tells a human story. It speaks of people’s health and well-being... Read more

11 October 2020

Let’s listen to girls and uphold their rights

Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem On the International Day of the Girl 11 October 2020   It is every girl’s right to speak and to be heard. Today, on the International Day of... Read more

2 October 2020

Karabo Bosena’s tale of giving birth during a world pandemic!

GABORONE, Botswana—The experience of pregnancy and childbirth comes with a mixture of anticipation, excitement and anxiety. For first time moms, this experience also comes with fear. Fear of the... Read more

11 September 2020

We shouldn’t be made to feel ashamed of menstruation, a normal and essential process

SELOKOLELA, Botswana—Kenathata Moisakamo was too ashamed to tell her parents that she had started menstruating because of her peers’ stories that periods indicate when a girl becomes sexually active... Read more

17 July 2020

Much more needs to be done in ending Gender Based Violence in Botswana

GABORONE, Botswana- The Minister of Nationality, Immigration and Gender Affairs,  Honorable Anna Mokgethi officially launched the 2020 State of World Population (SWOP) report on the 16 July in... Read more

30 June 2020
Press Release

Confronting the silent and endemic crisis of harmful practices

Urgent, accelerated action needed to stop female genital mutilation, child marriage, and other practices that harm women and girls, according to new UNFPA report 30 June 2020, NEW YORK—Every year,... Read more

30 June 2020

Five things you didn’t know about practices that harm girls

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... Read more