Women supporting women: Delivering vital services and lifesaving care around the world
1 March 2021
  • Women like Kelsang Tshomo, a bus conductor in Bhutan, support women by educating other conductors and drivers on gender-based violence to address it in their own lives and those of public transportation passengers. © UNFPA Bhutan/Sunita Giri

  • Other innovations on wheels include mobile clinics, like those in remote and conflict-affected parts of Ukraine, where Dr. Ievghenia Kyslytsia, a gynaecologist, examines women for reproductive cancers. © UNFPA Ukraine

  • Midwives have always supported women but during the pandemic, their work takes on heightened risk. In The Gambia, they provide health care to pregnant women and deliver more than 100 babies a day. As midwife Fatou Joof says, "This is who we are as midwives and what we do – we save lives." © UNFPA Gambia/Isatou Jallow

  • In pandemic times, health care workers have had to adapt. When COVID-19 disrupted family planning services in Egypt, Nashwa Mohamed, an outreach worker outside Cairo, called patients to make sure women had continued access to contraception and reproductive choices, providing them supplies for extended periods of time or longer-acting methods. “We are trained on different topics, all of which are related to women,” she says. © UNFPA Egypt/Roger Anis

  • Sometimes supporting women comes after a change of mind. Kokarupe Lorwu, Methani Chepurai Lokuda and Chepchongil Cheleston are former cutters in Kenya who, now in their 70s, are speaking out against female genital mutilation for younger generations of women. © UNFPA Kenya/Luis Tato

  • Other times, that support comes from changing people's minds. Flavia Buitrón belongs to an organization of Quechua women in Peru that raises awareness of indigenous women's issues. © UNFPA Peru

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