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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

26 April 2021
COVID19 Affects FP Uptake

Analysis Shows Decline in Family Planning Uptake Due to COVID19 Restrictions

An analysis undertaken by UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund from the District Health Management System (DHMS2) has shown that COVID19 restrictions led to a 14 % decline in number of Family... 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

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

9 April 2021
UNFPA and DMA to Support Vulnerable Women and Girls

UNFPA and DMA Pave Way Forward for Support to Women Affected by Floods and COVID19

UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund and the Disaster Management Authority (DMA) have paved a way forward on collaborating to support vulnerable women and girls who have been affected by the... Read more

1 April 2021
Women Now Jab Themselves with Sayanna Press

Women in Lesotho Now Jab Themselves with Sayanna Press

For many women in Lesotho, having to travel long distances to access family planning services in remote health facilities is a concern. However, that situation is changing rapidly. The Ministry of... Read more

1 April 2021
UNFPA Reviews 2020 Achievements with Partners

UNFPA reviews its 2020 achievements with all partners.

Progress towards implementation of Lesotho’s commitment on the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) featured highly during the annual review meeting between UNFPA, the United... Read more

16 March 2021

Commission on the Status of Women 2021

Commission on the Status of Women 2021 15 March 2021 - 26 March 2021 UN WebTV After a year of restrictions, it seems fitting that the theme of the 65th session of the Commission on the Status of... Read more

8 March 2021
Celebrating International Women's Day

International Women’s Day 2021

Statement by Dr Marc Derveeuw UNFPA Representative to Lesotho "As we commemorate International Women’s Day (March 8) this year, we do so under the theme, “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal... Read more

8 October 2020
Dignity Kits for Girls

Dignity Kits Provide Much Needed Relief to Young Girls

When Thembekile* who is 14 years old started menstruating, her aunt taught her how to use an old cloth during her periods. She also taught her about the right undergarment to use to avoid... Read more