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5 May 2021

Global shortage of 900,000 midwives threatens women’s lives and health, new report shows

ERBIL, Iraq/UNITED NATIONS, New York – “A 35-year-old pregnant woman came to our clinic with abdominal pain,” recalled Hawrin Yousif, a 27-year-old midwife in the Khazir displacement camp in the... Read more

14 April 2021
Press Release

Nearly half of all women are denied their bodily autonomy, says new UNFPA report, My Body is My Own

Violations include rape, forced sterilization, virginity testing, female genital mutilation and more NEW YORK, 14 April 2021 - Nearly half of women in 57 developing countries are denied the right to... Read more

14 April 2021

Bodily autonomy: Busting 7 myths that undermine individual rights and freedoms

UNITED NATIONS, New York – Nearly half of all women are denied their bodily autonomy, according to data from 57 countries, UNFPA’s flagship report announced today. The 2021 State of World Population... Read more

8 March 2021

Celebrate women leaders on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response and beyond

Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem International Women’s Day   All over the world, women lead. They lead peace processes, run businesses, establish hospitals and schools. They... Read more

29 January 2021

Don’t Get it Twisted radio show: breaking down barriers to sexual & reproductive health

Gaborone, BOTSWANA – The bold UNFPA supported weekly radio show, Dont Get It Twisted is breaking down barriers and bringing sex- related issues through the airwaves to the conservative and... Read more

23 December 2020

UNFPA and Special Olympics commemorate the 2020 IDPD with students with intellectual disabilities.

Maun, BOTSWANA- As part of the global collaboration between Special Olympics and the United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA Botswana partnered with Special Olympics Botswana  to commemorate  the... Read more

18 December 2020


Maun, BOTSWANA- “The beauty of culture is when it protects the most vulnerable in society. When a woman or a girl who has suffered gender based violence  approaches the Kgotla or the Kgosi, she puts... Read more

17 December 2020

The road to recovery-one step at a time

Maun, BOTSWANA- "Don’t be fooled by an apology and promises to change, because no one masters the art of apologizing better than an abusive man,” warned 37 year old Lebonang Molaletsi, a survivor of... Read more

12 December 2020

Let’s stop treating sexual and reproductive health care as anything less than essential

  Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem International Universal Health Coverage Day 12 December 2020 When universal health coverage became an agreed global goal just five years ago... Read more

10 December 2020

Standing up for human rights more important than ever

Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem on Human Rights Day 10 December Realizing human rights, equal and inalienable for every person, is the most just and meaningful goal of any... Read more