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December 2020 - January 2021 Update

Dear Colleagues and Partners

Last year was not an easy one for many of us. 
 
Not only did UNFPA have to work harder as our mandate took on greater urgency with the disruptions to programme delivery, but also at a personal level we had to make adjustments. Adjusting to new ways of working, and caring for loved ones who were ill or personal illness. Unfortunately, we lost a few colleagues along the way.
 
We have kept our resolve, dedication and commitment to our mission and to the 10-year-old girl. We reprogrammed, repurposed and innovated. We learnt from each other and collaborated with each other. And we made a difference!

Another difficult year lies ahead yet with the same resilience, determination and resolve, we will move forward. As UNFPA, we continue to keep our sights focused on the women and young people that we serve, and on our transformational goals.
 
In 2021, we will convene around issues related to our mandate and the needs of the clients we are called to serve. We will collaborate more than ever before with our partners, stakeholders and our clients whose life circumstances have definitely changed – just as ours have.
 
Lastly, we will catalyse programme innovations and create even more efficiencies, to ensure that we continue to work with excellence, even where resources are constrained.

I extend my best wishes to you, your families and loved ones. I am optimistic that 2021 will bring sustained progress towards our 2030 goal – delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person's potential is fulfilled.
 
The March Continues.
 
With Gratitude,
Dr. Julitta Onabanjo
Regional Director
Season's greetings from the East and Southern Africa region

We have come to the end of a year that challenged our plans, strategies, and programme delivery but also inspired new ways of working and fresh solutions to reaching our goals. 
Joint UN mission to Cabo Delgado

To respond to the needs of an estimated 530,000 people displaced in Cabo Delgado, UNFPA has supported the government’s installation of sexual and reproductive health tents, women and girl-friendly spaces in relocation sites, distribution of female dignity kits and deployment of mobile clinics to provide remote-based care.
Art joins the march for equity, with no one left behind

Renowned artists from East and Southern Africa joined hands with UNFPA, the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency, to celebrate the anniversary of the Nairobi Summit and reaffirm the commitments to achieve the vision of full equality.
Traditional leaders rally to advance SRHR and keep women and girls free from harm

"We must confront the stark reality that we still have a long way to go before we achieve a gender-equal world,” said Dr. Natalia Kanem, UNFPA Executive Director in a virtual dialogue co-hosted by COTLA, UN Women and UNFPA. 

Joint responsibility, solidarity and urgency: UNFPA's innovative response to HIV and COVID-19

This World AIDS Day finds us straddling two pandemics. On the one hand, the HIV and AIDS pandemic, which we have been contending with for four decades, and on the other, a novel virus.
ANGOLA

SMS Jovem Live! Marque 140!

O  Ministério da Juventude e Desportos em parceria com o UNFPA e o UNICEF  acabam de lançar a plataforma SMS Jovem.

BOTSWANA

The road to recovery


"Don’t be fooled by an apology and promises to change, because no one masters the art of apologizing better than an abusive man,” warned 37 year old Lebonang Molaletsi, a survivor of intimate partner violence.
UNFPA and Special Olympics commemorate the 2020 IDPD with students with intellectual disabilities

As part of a global collaboration with Special Olympics, UNFPA Botswana commemorated the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
COMOROS

Une sage-femme nous raconte son métier et son parcours


Diplômée en 2017, Badria a aussitôt accepté une proposition de contrat avec l’UNFPA et intégré le poste de santé d’Idjikoundzi, zone rurale à cinquante kilomètres de Moroni, la capitale.
International Day of Persons with Disabilities: Testimony of Abdillah, UNFPA Comoros staff

“My name is Abdillah Ahmad. I am 54 years old and I have four children. I have had paralysis in both legs since I was two years old from polio, and I walk with two crutches now."
DRC

Des jeunes Twa et Bantous transformés en acteurs de paix dans le Tanganyika


Les activités de clôture du Projet conjoint TUSIKILIZANE en français « Entendons-nous » ont démarré le samedi 28 Novembre 2020 à Kalemie. 
La RDC lance une ligne verte sur la redevabilité et la protection contre l’exploitation et les abus sexuels

L’aide humanitaire est gratuite et la redevabilité des acteurs humanitaires doit être au cœur des interventions. 
ERITREA

Chewayit Mohammed Idris: Dancing her way out of FGM

Hours before my interview with Chewayit, I had to prepare myself to be horrified by what I knew I was about to hear. Female genital mutilation is not an easy topic to write about.
 
ETHIOPIA

UNFPA launches campaign against gender-based violence

UNFPA partnered with the African Renaissance and Diaspora Network to launch the Red Card Campaign against all forms of discrimination and violence against women and girls. 
Panel discussion held on the role of FBOs in the fight against gender-based violence

A panel discussion UNFPA jointly organized with the Norwegian Church Aid today deliberated on the unique role of faith-based organizations in the fight against gender-based violence and harmful practices. 
KENYA

Partnering with Meiji Holdings to empower women and girls


The impact of Covid-19 continues to be felt in Kenya, particularly during this last quarter of the year, which has recorded more cases and an unprecedented increase in mortality. 
Ending violence requires open discussions about stereotypes and norms

Sexual violence is not a women’s problem, nor a girl’s problem. Breaking down harmful stereotypes and bringing men and boys into the conversation are two of the most important norm changes we collectively need to nurture.
MADAGASCAR

Marie: l’audace de défier les traditions pour accéder à ses droits


Je suis Marie, 40 ans, vivant dans le district de Sakaraha, une ville minière dans le Sud de Madagascar. J’avais un compagnon qui est également le père de mon fils.
“Je vais adopter une méthode contraceptive, je reprends ma vie en main”

“Dès qu’il a su que j’étais enceinte, il est parti !” C’était la première phrase que Heventsoa a partagée avec nous, non sans rage.
MALAWI

Young people lead on climate change and population growth


Just 85 kilometres south of Malawi’s capital, the impact of global warming is clear. Hunger is becoming common due to famine caused by unfavourable rainfalls and poor harvests.
MOZAMBIQUE

Cyclone Eloise makes landfall

In the early hours of 23 January, Cyclone Eloise made landfall in Sofala Province in central Mozambique, an area still recovering from the devastation caused by Cyclone Idai nearly two years ago.
Providing essential support to ensure the health and dignity of women and girls fleeing violent conflict in Mozambique

“I came with nothing. Nothing at all,” said Amina Daúde, 25, who travelled by boat to Pemba with her husband and three children to flee the escalating violence in northern Mozambique.
RWANDA

Rwanda moves from commitments to action


Rwanda's ICPD25 commitments and progress to date were discussed at a high-level multi-sectoral stakeholders meeting. The implementation action plan and roles and responsibilities of the various actors were reviewed. 
Addressing gender-based violence in refugee camps during pandemic

On 26 November, Rwanda joined the rest of the world to launch the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence under the theme ‘Let’s build a family free of Gender-Based Violence’.
UGANDA

Safe birth services save lives of vulnerable mothers in humanitarian settings


Ordinarily at the age of 13, a girl is still considered a child. But RT experienced motherhood in childhood when she became pregnant at a tender age.
UNFPA -supported social enterprise gets heads up to roll out eco-friendly sanitary pads

In Uganda, menstruation continues to be shrouded in taboos, myths, and misconceptions, with many girls and women struggling with limited access to hygienic menstrual health products. 
ZAMBIA

Midwife inspired by health workers as a sick child goes the extra mile to save pregnant women's lives in COVID-19


When Moses Nkosi fell ill and was taken to hospital as a child, he was inspired by the health workers who attended him to help save mothers' lives. 
ZIMBABWE

Centre for GBV survivors launched under the Spotlight Initiative


“It started during the lockdown. He would spend most of his time at home drunk. He started beating me," says Dorcas Chimhenyu.
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