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18 June 2020

At risk of rape outside and violence in South Sudan protection camp – will women and girls ever be safe?

BENTIU, South Sudan—Staying at home may be the safest way to avoid infection with the coronavirus, but for some women and girls in Bentiu, South Sudan, it means greater vulnerability to gender-based... Read more

15 June 2020

Bending the Arc of History Towards Justice

Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem on the Fight Against Systemic Racism and Discrimination We are living through turbulent, trying times. This is a moment of suffering for many... Read more

21 April 2020

On the frontline of COVID-19 fight: ‘We’ve been through more difficult times, we shall overcome this’

Torit, South Sudan – “In a profession that has historically always placed patients’ needs first, the degree of sacrifice being demanded of us now is unprecedented.” With the first cases of the new... Read more

8 April 2020

Leaving no one behind: Addressing the crucial needs of women and girls in the COVID-19 response

Juba, South Sudan – With the Ministry of Health announcing the first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in South Sudan, the United Nations Population Fund is redoubling its efforts to... 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

6 March 2020

‘GBV response must remain a priority’

Juba, South Sudan – “The girl was in coma when police brought her to the center. She was gang raped and badly beaten. We got her admitted at Juba Teaching Hospital in frantic efforts of trying to... Read more

18 December 2019

After 9 years with fistula, young mother hopes 7th surgery will be her last

Aweil, South Sudan – It was one hot afternoon and Mariye Atak Ajuaj sits on her hospital bed at the Aweil State Hospital quietly contemplating how life would change after she recovers from the... Read more

1 October 2019

Leaders call on world to end scourge of gender-based violence

JUBA/KINSHASA/NEW YORK – Betty* is a survivor. The South Sudanese teenager has risen above a horrific act of violence and reclaimed her life. But her heroic act of recovery should never have been... Read more

27 September 2019

Reproductive health rights essential to peace, progress, gender equality – South Sudan’s First Vice President

JUBA, South Sudan—Peace, progress and gender equality will not be possible without women enjoying their rights to sexual and reproductive health, said First Vice President General Taban Deng Gai, as... Read more

11 June 2019

From 8 to 700 midwives in 8 years, South Sudan is making huge strides in saving mothers’ lives, with UNFPA support

With only eight midwives and the highest maternal death rate in the world at the time of independence in 2011, South Sudan has since made great strides in ensuring maternal health care is more... Read more