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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

24 May 2019

People-centered development is critical for Africa's future to ensure the Africa We Want

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia—UNFPA, the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency, recommitted to the revolutionary decision taken at the 1994 International Conference on Population and... Read more

21 May 2019

Peace agreement lays foundation for ICPD agenda in South Sudan – Vice President

JUBA, South Sudan—South Sudanese Vice President James Wani Igga expressed optimism that the revitalized peace agreement between the parties to the conflict lays the foundation for the implementation... Read more

20 February 2019
Swedish Ambassador Hans Henric Lundquist and UNFPA Country Representative Dr. Mary Otieno seal a new cooperation for the new UNFPA Country Programme in South Sudan. ©Mandela Nelson Denis

UNFPA receives $13M support from Sweden for sexual and reproductive health and rights in South Sudan

Juba, South Sudan – UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, and the Government of Sweden today signed an agreement worth 120 million Swedish Krona (approximately USD 13 million) to boost sexual... Read more

13 February 2019

Fighting for girls’ right to say no to child marriage

Juba, South Sudan – When Poni Helen found out she was pregnant at 16 years old, she was confused and had no idea where the situation would lead. She only had one thing in mind and she was certain of... Read more