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27 May 2021

Men edge closer towards healing the nation: “Reinforcing the narrative against GBVF”.

The Eastern Cape (EC) Men’s Movement heeded the call by the National Legislature to establish a Men’s Forum to tackle Gender Based Violence and Femicide (GBVF) and other social-ills. The... Read more

25 May 2021

Moving the needle forward for menstrual health requires multi-sectoral partnerships

South Africa has made some strides in its commitments to end period poverty and fully realise menstrual justice, said the Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities Minister, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane,... Read more

11 May 2021

Menstruation and human rights - Frequently asked questions

How is menstruation related to human rights? When does menstruation start? What are common myths and taboos about menstruation? What is period poverty? These and many more questions are answered in... Read more

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

4 May 2021

Symposium to take stock of progress on menstrual health in Africa

Around 5000 participants from Africa and worldwide are expected to gather to track progress on menstrual health on the continent since the first Call to Action was made at the African Menstrual... 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

24 March 2021

UNFPA supports learners with sanitary dignity produts

On 12 March 2021 young girls from Jongilanga High School in Kwelerha in the Eastern Cape received sanitary dignity products to ensure girls stay in school during their menstrual cycles.  The gesture... Read more

7 March 2021

UNFPA leads the UN in South Africa at the launch of the National Youth Policy (NYP) 2030

On 5 March 2021 the Department of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities (DWYPD) partnered with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) to... Read more

3 December 2020

The health systems we build back after COVID-19 must reach everyone

  More than a billion people: that’s how many live with a disability today. Some disabilities are apparent, but not all. Learning disabilities and mental disorders, for example, may hinder one’s full... Read more