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10 July 2020

Peace in the home: safeguarding the health and rights of women and girls – even during COVID-19

Peace in our world begins with peace in the home, as the United Nations Secretary-General stated in his call for a global ‘ceasefire’ on gender-based violence – a pandemic within the COVID pandemic.... Read more

2 July 2020

Respect. Protect. Fulfill: Three words that can bring real change and real results for women & girls in Rwanda

Respect. Protect. Fulfill: Three words that can bring real change and real results for women & girls in Rwanda Every day, hundreds of thousands of girls around the world are harmed physically or... Read more

30 June 2020

Confronting the silent and endemic crisis of harmful practices

Urgent, accelerated action needed to stop female genital mutilation, child marriage, and other practices that harm women and girls, according to new UNFPA report 30 June 2020, NEW YORK—Every year,... Read more

26 June 2020

Fostering Innovation to Respond to COVID-19 Challenges in Rwanda

The Innovation Accelerator, first launched in 2016, as an initiative and model aiming at exploring new and engaging ways to tackle pressing sexual reproductive health challenges in the country while... Read more

9 June 2020
Protecting Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for All

COVID-19 impact on Persons with Disabilities

  Protecting Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for All WOMEN AND GIRLS WITH DISABILITIES AT HIGHER RISK As Rwanda and the World take decisive action to combat the COVID-19 outbreak, certain... Read more

5 May 2020
Midwife at Kirehe Hospital, Rwanda (Photo: Andre Rugema, RBC)

Celebrating midwives, unsung heroes on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis

Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem on the International Day of the Midwife, 5 May 2020 As the world battles COVID-19, women continue to get pregnant and babies are still being... Read more

4 May 2020

“When a woman leaves the hospital with her newborn, smiling, it fills my heart with joy”: A story of a Rwandan Midwife.

Mugisha Philippe is a proud Rwandan male midwife. He graduated in 2017 and has 2 years experience working as a midwife at Kibagabaga Hospital, Kigali.  Mugisha has served on the frontline teams of... 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

17 April 2020
A happy mother smiling at her new born at Kirehe Hospital, Rwanda (Photo: Andre Rugema, RBC, 2019)

Rights & Choices for Sexual and Reproductive Health even during COVID-19

UNFPA supports the Government’ efforts to keep health systems functioning and maintain the provision of sexual and reproductive health and rights information & services under the COVID-19... Read more

20 March 2020

As pandemic rages, women and girls face intensified risks

UNITED NATIONS, New York – As the COVID-19 pandemic rages around the world, governments are taking unprecedented measures to limit the spread of the virus, ramping up health system responses and... Read more