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18 May 2021
Acting Minister of Public Health, Dr. Wahid Majroh appreciated the work of Afghan midwives - © Zaeem Abdul Rahman/UNFPA Afghanistan

They Fight for the Rights of Mothers:

Celebration of the International Day of the Midwives in Afghanistan Kabul, Afghanistan – 18 May 2021 The Afghan Midwives Association (AMA), Midwives, the Ministry of Public Health, partners and... Read more

13 May 2021
Youth Engagement in the Policy and Decision-Making Processes

Youth Engagement in the Policy and Decision-Making Processes

Afghanistan’s youth reviewed and revised the National Youth Strategy in April 2021. The Deputy Ministry of Youth Affairs (DMOYA) Afghanistan and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) conducted a... Read more

6 May 2021
Mastura started working with UNFPA supported projects in 2018 and she’s proud of her career © Zaeem Abdul Rahman/UNFPA Afghanistan

An Afghan midwife’s commitment

“I enjoy my career. I see the positive results every day. My biggest happiness is when the pregnant mothers tell me that they found my support useful.”   As many other Afghan midwives, Mastura Zia (... Read more

31 January 2021
Spozhmai, the midwife of FHH provides support to the women in Pichgah village of Roydoab district in Samangan Province

Violation of Her Reproductive Health Rights

UNFPA is the United Nations agency leading global efforts to ensure that every pregnancy is wanted, and every childbirth is safe. However, in Afghanistan where access to basic health services is a... Read more

10 December 2020
Female Classroom with Empty Desk when a Student was no longer Permitted to Continue Education once Married

A New Lease on Life

Amina* (22) loved learning. She was studying for her bachelor’s degree and was looking forward to finding a job that meaningfully contributed to her society. However, these dreams were cut short when... Read more

7 December 2020

Fighting Cultural Taboos to Provide Gender-Based Violence Services

Parwan, Afghanistan – “I remember being exhausted the first couple of months when I started my job at the Family Response Unit (FRU) in Parwan Province. My family asked me to quit the job”, says... Read more

2 December 2020
Rukhsar plays key role in providing psychosocial and mediation services for women in Nimroz Province

I Save Lives” - The Work of a Women Friendly Health Space Psychosocial Counselor

Nimroz, Afghanistan -- “I explained to the young man that he will not only be viewed as a kidnapper but may also be identified as a human trafficker should he be arrested by the Afghan or Iranian... Read more

27 November 2020
Dr. Azita provides psychosocial counselling to GBV survivors at FPC - © UNFPA Afghanistan

Working to Raise the Voices of Gender-Based Violence Survivors

Balkh, Afghanistan – The daily interaction with survivors of Gender Based Violence (GBV) has become a way of life for Azita Aryan over the past five years in Mazar-e-Sharif, the center of Balkh... Read more

22 October 2020
A midwife takes a woman's blood pressure at a family health house in rural Afghanistan. © UNFPA Afghanistan

Saving Lives and Ushering New Life into the World in the Remotest Regions of Afghanistan

Daikundi, Afghanistan – “It was Midnight, 6 Aug 2020, when there was a loud knocking at my front door. My husband answered. Standing in the dark was a person asking for my help – a baby was being... Read more

11 October 2020
Protection and social services remain available even during the pandemic, with precautionary measures in place. © UNFPA Afghanistan

A former child bride in Afghanistan finds hope and new life during COVID-19

HERAT, Afghanistan – Mahgul* vividly remembers the day she was engaged to be married. “My mother helped me into my new pink dress. She accompanied me to a room where four or five women had gathered.... Read more