Ensuring rights and choices for all


20 May 2019

Fistula is a human rights violation – end it now!

Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem Shame, isolation and segregation are among the indignities faced by the hundreds of thousands of women and girls worldwide who suffer from obstetric fistula, an injury of the birth canal after prolonged and obstructed labour. The girls and women afflicted by the condition

15 May 2019

International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia

Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem Human rights are inherent to all human beings, and every person, without distinction, is entitled to a life free from violence, persecution, discrimination and stigma.  The widespread violence, discrimination and exclusion faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender,

5 May 2019

Midwives— Defenders of Human Rights

Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem  Midwives are public health heroes, ensuring that a woman can have a healthy pregnancy, safe childbirth and essential care for her newborn – among the most basic human rights. A bridge between communities and traditional health facilities, midwives deliver vital maternal



Kathmandu Declaration on: National Conference on Family Planning 2075: “Reaching the...
Access to safe, voluntary family planning is a human right. Family planning is the...

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