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Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem’s Message on World Population Day 2021
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The COVID19 pandemic has compromised health care systems particularly in the area of sexual and reproductive health. As the international community observes World Population Day (11 July), UNFPA advises against reaction...
Statement
The COVID-19 pandemic may have lasting consequences on population.  For some, it has led some to postponing childbearing. For others, disruptions in health care have led to unintended pregnancies.  Although we have yet to get a full picture of the impact of COVID-19 on fertility, these trends have provoked alarmist concerns about baby booms or busts. What should cause alarm is when women cannot exercise thei...
Nearly half of all women are denied their bodily autonomy, says new UNFPA report, My Body is My Own
Press Release
For the first time, a United Nations report focuses on bodily autonomy: the power and agency to make choices about your body, without fear of violence or having someone else decide for you. This lack of bodily autonomy has massive implications beyond the profound harms to individual women and girls: potentially depressing economic productivity, undercutting skills, and resulting in extra costs to health care and judi...

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