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15 June 2020

Bending the Arc of History Towards Justice

Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem on the Fight Against Systemic Racism and Discrimination We are living through turbulent, trying times. This is a moment of suffering for many... Read more

27 May 2020

How girls in informal settlements are coping with menstrual health during South Africa's COVID-19 lockdown

On May 28, we celebrate Menstrual Hygiene Day, which is dedicated to breaking the silence around periods and promoting good menstrual hygiene management for all. CAPE TOWN, South Africa—When... Read more

26 May 2020

Nurses and midwives working around the clock to ensure safe pregnancies and births in the time of the COVID19 in South Africa

Uthukela District, Kwa-Zulu Natal- The onset of the coronavirus has made it evidently clear that nurses and midwives play a central role in the provision of quality maternal and new-born care within... Read more

19 May 2020

A woman’s diary of giving birth during the COVID-19 lockdown in South Africa

Pregnant mothers giving birth during COVID-19-related lockdowns face uncertainty and potentially life-threatening challenges. Bonang Motlaung*, a 33-year-old mother of three, shares her personal... Read more

13 May 2020

United Nations hands over menstrual health and hygiene management products and Covid-19 masks

The United Nations in South Africa and partners today donated thousands of menstrual health and hygiene management products and masks to the government as part of the UN response to prevent the... Read more

11 May 2020

Midwives are the backbone of maternal health systems

This year May 5 marked International Day of the Midwife celebrated under the theme “Midwives- Celebrate, Demonstrate, Mobilise, Unite.” To mark the day, the Mail and Guardian, the United Nations... Read more

8 May 2020
Press Release

Minister Maite Nkoana- Mashabane calls for continual access to menstrual and hygiene products during the lock down period and beyond, through partnership initiatives.

                                                                                                                                 MEDIA ADVISORY   Issued jointly by the Department of Women, Youth... Read more

6 May 2020
Press Release

Joint press statement: Protecting Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and Promoting Gender-responsiveness in the COVID-19 crisis

Joint press statement by H.E. Ms. Lindiwe Zulu, Minister of Social Development of South Africa H.E. Mr. Peter Eriksson, Minister for International Development Cooperation of Sweden H.E Mr. Gent Cakaj... Read more

28 April 2020
Press Release

New UNFPA projections predict calamitous impact on women’s health as COVID-19 pandemic continues

More than 47 million women could lose access to contraception, leading to 7 million unintended pregnancies in the coming months. New York, USA, 27 April 2020 - As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, the... Read more

24 April 2020

A young man's story: Running out of condoms under a COVID-19 lockdown in South Africa

Sipho Shezi*, 24, who co-habits with his girlfriend, faces a tough decision as the COVID-19 lockdown gets extended and he realises he is running out of condoms JOHANNESBURG, South Africa—“We sat... Read more