My body is my own: Envisioning a world of rights and choices
2 July 2021
  • In Paris, as the Generation Equality Forum draws leaders and activists from around the world, UNFPA has partnered with Equipop and Dysturb to highlight the critical importance of realizing bodily autonomy for all. © Dysturb

  • Some 2,000 posters and a large art installation have been placed in high-traffic areas of Paris, raising awareness of the fact that only 55 per cent of women, in countries with data, are able to make their own decisions about health care, contraception and sexual activity. © Dysturb

  • UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem and Malian feminist activist Oumou Salif Touré visited the installation. “The future remains very uncertain. But I have faith in this generation of feminists to which I belong,” Ms. Touré told UNFPA. © UNFPA/Appolonia Benoist

  • The artwork comes from UNFPA’s 2021 State of World Population report, which commissioned original artwork. Much of the art was inspired by finalists in a photo competition that asked young people to illustrate the idea of losing or gaining bodily autonomy.   © UNFPA/Appolonia Benoist

  • Dr. Kanem spoke to activists, advocates and passers-by about the art work and the broader message behind it. At the Forum, she is calling on leaders to fulfil their commitments to women and girls, including their commitment to bodily autonomy. “It is now time to deliver,” she said. © UNFPA/Appolonia Benoist

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