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The Bridge 'Portobelo' - Mini Documentary | UNFPA

This is a short documentary film about the city of Portobelo in Panama. This historic port city is a significant marker of the transatlantic slave trade as it was the first point of arrival for so many enslaved Africans who were taken to different places across the Americas.

With perspectives and performances by members of La Escuelita del Ritmo, a grassroots music school offering creative opportunities for marginalized and at-risk youth, this short documentary depicts Portobelo’s African cultural ancestry and its residents describing what their history means to them.

The documentary was produced by UNFPA as part of our ongoing efforts to accelerate global action to fulfil the rights of Afro-descendants.

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UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem's Message on the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

To mark the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem honours the memory of those forced from their homelands and calls for the end of slavery's legacy of racism and discrimination that continues to oppress people of African descent today. 

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Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem’s message on Child Marriage at the 65th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)

In her remarks at the CSW65 high-level event "An inter-generational dialogue on child, early and forced marriage," UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem explained how child marriage is a manifestation of gender inequality that robs girls of say and choice and appealed for a gender-equal world in which girls would know their rights and value and be empowered to make their own informed decisions. 

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Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem on Bodily Autonomy and SRHR for Generation Equality at the 65th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)

In remarks for “Bodily Autonomy and SRHR for Generation Equality: What Kind of Leadership is Needed?” at the 65th session of the Commission of the Status of Women, UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem emphasized the importance of women’s and girls’ right to make decisions about their bodies. The foundation of gender equality, bodily autonomy empowers women and girls politically and economically, leading to prosperous, peaceful societies from which we all benefit.

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6 Things You Need To Know About Yemen

Yemen is the site of the world's largest humanitarian crisis. Here is what you need to know.

Learn more here.

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UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem's Message to the High-Level Segment of the Human Rights Council

At UNFPA, we have long recognized that embedding human rights into our work is critical for achieving the full vision of the International Conference on Population and Development Programme of Action and the transformative ambition of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Today, the COVID-19 pandemic threatens to turn back the clock on women’s health and rights. Sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights are increasingly contested. Rising violence and increasing pushback against human rights have put hard-won gains for women at risk. A deliberate, strategic and bold vision for our human rights work has never been more important. 

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