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19 March 2020
Press Release

UN to ramp up support for Member States to contain and mitigate COVID-19 pandemic in West & Central Africa

United Nations Agencies of West and Central Africa are ramping up their support to Member States in the region, to adequately prepare for and respond to the growing number of cases of the coronavirus... Read more

8 March 2020

Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem on International Women's Day, 8 March 2020

This International Women's Day, we celebrate the icons who blazed the trail towards gender equality. We now look to today’s generation of activists, women who are shaping a vision of a better... Read more

5 March 2020
Press Release

UNFPA statement on novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and pregnancy

UNFPA, the UN sexual and reproductive health agency, is closely monitoring and working with partners, governments and UN agencies to address the outbreak of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19),... Read more

25 February 2020

Equatorial Guinea Prime Minister Officially Opens UNFPA West and Central Africa Regional Planning Meeting

The Prime Minister of Equatorial Guinea, Francisco Pascual Obama Asue, officially opened the 2020 West and Central Africa Regional Planning Meeting (RPM) of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA... Read more

20 February 2020

UNFPA West and Central Africa Regional Planning Meeting to hold in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea

To focus on Nairobi summit on ICPD25 commitments in the region The United Nations Population Fund West and Central Africa Regional Office (UNFPA WCARO) has convened its annual planning meeting from... Read more

13 February 2020

Say IDONT: Top 7 things you didn’t know about child marriage

Raneem Abras, a Syrian refugee living in Lebanon, was approached about becoming a child bride. Her family refused, and instead she became an advocate against child marriage. © UNFPA Lebanon/Sima... Read more

11 February 2020

Working visit of UNFPA Regional Director for West and Central Africa in the Republic of Congo

The Regional Director for West and Central Africa of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Mr. Mabingue Ngom, is on a working visit to Congo from 11 to 14 February 2019. This visit comes within... Read more

6 February 2020

Unleashing youth power: A decade of accelerating actions towards zero female genital mutilation

6 February 2020 When Tabitha was growing up in rural Kenya, most of her 16-year-old peers were subjected to female genital mutilation – a human rights violation that more than 4 million girls... Read more

3 February 2020
Young scholarship holders of the SWEDD project in Mali © Ollivier_Girard_UNFPA WCARO

SWEDD 2 kicks off as the SWEDD initiative goes to scale

The ambitious and innovative project – the Sahel Women’s Empowerment and Demographic Dividend - SWEDD, aims to accelerate the demographic transition by creating the conditions for a demographic... Read more

10 December 2019

Message from UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem on Human Rights Day

On this Human Rights Day, we at UNFPA salute the young people who are pushing for progress and making meaningful change in their communities, countries and around the world. Twenty-five years ago,... Read more