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UNFPA Afghanistan Country Office Overview 2020

In 1976, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) began working in Afghanistan, investing in programmes intended to secure sexual and reproductive health rights, gender equality, adolescent and youth empowerment, and quality population data for the benefit of all Afghans. UNFPA channels its efforts throughout the country, but places particular emphasis on reaching women, girls, adolescents and youth who are the furthest behind. These people often live in rural areas with high rates of poverty, maternal mortality, gender-based violence and harmful practices, and in communities impacted by security and other humanitarian crises. Home to one of the world’s youngest, fastest growing populations, Afghanistan faces significant challenges. The Advocacy Document of Country Office Overview describes UNFPA Afghanistan’s multi-faceted solutions to move the needle towards rights and choices for all Afghans—especially the furthest behind—so they have the best chance at reaching their potential.