“Stand up for your rights… Be bold, be strong.” Hollywood star Ashley Judd rallies youth in India

UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador inspires audiences and in turn is inspired by them


Image 3 – Ashley addressing crowd

Leading Hollywood actor, humanitarian and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Goodwill Ambassador Ashley Judd is savouring her recent visit to India, where she made an impassioned call for girls to claim their fundamental rights and to resist harmful practices such as child marriage.

UN Secretary-General's Message on International Women's Day 2017

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres: Message on International Women’s Day 2017

New York, 8 March 2017

Women’s rights are human rights. But in these troubled times, as our world becomes more unpredictable and chaotic, the rights of women and girls are being reduced, restricted and reversed.

Empowering women and girls is the only way to protect their rights and make sure they can realize their full potential.


International Women's Day 2017

International Women's Day 2017

The 2017 theme for International Women’s Day, 8 March, focuses on “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030”.

The world of work is changing, with significant implications for women. On one hand, technological advances and globalization bring unprecedented opportunities for those who can access them. On the other hand, there is growing informality of labour, income inequality and humanitarian crises.


Japan grants UNFPA 1.067 million US dollars for health system strengthening in Somalia

Nairobi, 7 February 2017 - The Government of Japan announced on 31 January that it has granted 1.067 million US dollars to UNFPA Somalia to support programmes aimed at health system strengthening in Somalia with emphasis on returnees and marginalised communities. The programme focuses on accelerating reduction of maternal and neonatal mortality and related morbidity in Somalia.


The world must make faster progress to end FGM by 2030

Joint message from UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin and UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

6 February 2017


The world must make faster progress to end female genital mutilation by 2030

It irreparably damages girls’ bodies, inflicting excruciating pain.


Puntland enforces sexual offences law

Five men have been sentenced to prison terms ranging from five to ten years, for gang raping a 16-year-old girl in Puntland, Somalia. The court ruling is being seen as significant in enforcing Somalis first ever Sexual Offences Law, which was launched on November 29, 2016.

The five men have also been sentenced lashes and ordered to compensate the survivour. A video of the gang rape, which took place in December 2016, was recently posted on social media causing an outrage among many.


A significant boost for the Philippines' Reproductive Health Law

The Executive Order number 12 issued by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte supporting the full implementation of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health (RPRH) Law is a major push for the government’s family planning programme, which has been hindered by various challenges to the implementation of the landmark law.

The United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA, remains fully committed to supporting the government and civil society partners on this effort.


UNFPA Asia-Pacific 2017 Regional Planning Meeting

The UNFPA Asia-Pacific Regional Office will hold its annual Planning Meeting in Bangkok from January 17 through 19, bringing together colleagues from UNFPA Headquarters in New York, UNFPA Country Office Representatives from 22 countries and the Pacific Sub-Regional Office and UNFPA Asia-Pacific staff. 

The 2017 Planning Meeting will discuss UNFPA's new Strategic Plan and help finalize the Asia-Pacific Regional Plan for the next programme cycle beginning 2018.


Safeguarding women and girls affected by the crisis in Myanmar’s Rakhine State

Statement on Safeguarding Women and Girls in Myanmar’s Rakhine State

Yangon, 29 November 2016 — The United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA, is calling for urgently safeguarding of the health and protection of women and girls in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.

All women in Rakhine, including all ethnic and religious minorities, must be given access to healthcare and other essential services without discrimination, and they must be protected from all forms of violence, including sexual assault. It is imperative that the violence stops.