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Education is a Reproductive Health Issue.

Everyone -women, girls, men, boys– benefits from learning about their bodies, health, and rights. For women and girls, feeling in control of their health is especially important as the consequences of not knowing what care is available or where to get it can be incredibly dangerous. This is why UNFPA works to provide every person with comprehensive sexuality education, regardless of their socioeconomic status, sex, gender, sexual orientation,...

Ashley Judd, UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador, shows the difference lifesaving health care can make

Donate to UNFPA’s work in the Democratic Republic of Congo What happened to Ashley in the Congo Ashley Judd, an American actress, activist, and UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador, suffered a horrific accident on February 12, 2020 while researching endangered bonobos in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). She tripped over a fallen tree and broke her leg in four places. She also suffered nerve damage. Judd described...

Reformed cutters protect the next generation from female genital mutilation in Kenya

TAMUGH, WEST POKOT COUNTY, Kenya – More than 10,000 girls over 30 years. That’s how many girls three women here cut in female genital mutilation rituals – almost one girl a day, every day, spanning three decades.  Now in their 70s, Chepchongil , Kokarupe and Methani are female genital mutilation...

Dollars and Sense: The Economics of Violence Against Women

Last week, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shared that she is a survivor of sexual assault. She also explained how that trauma has stayed with her and compounded over time. Sadly, far too many women know exactly what Rep. Ocasio-Cortez is talking about.   1 in 3 women will experience violence at the hands of a...

Black Her-story Month: Women leaders in their communities and our world

Black History Month is a time of remembrance, celebration, and recognition for all that Black people have accomplished and suffered throughout history. We cannot speak of the contributions of Martin Luther King Jr., Sojourner Truth, Jackie Robinson, Rosa Parks, Barak Obama, or countless others, without contextualizing their experience in the discrimination, violence, and oppression they faced.   Still today, the legacy of colonization and...