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6 February 2018
Press Release

International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation: Ending FGM is a political decision

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 6 February 2018 – Today marks the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C), a day of global advocacy and a chance for people all over... Read more

13 December 2017

Eighty fistula survivors get a new lease on life

BO, Sierra Leone, 7 December 2017 – Eighty women and girls between the ages of 15-52 stood in solidarity and with pride to receive their certificates as members of Haikal’s fifth graduating class on... Read more

12 December 2017

New graduate midwives ready for life-changing career

MAKENI, Sierra Leone, 20 November 2017 - A large crowd gathered at the School of Midwifery in Makeni, northern Sierra Leone to witness the 2017 graduation ceremony of 64 midwives. The new midwives... Read more

2 November 2017
Midwives at the opening ceremony

New midwifery school in Bo district vital to the survival of mothers and children

BO, Sierra Leone, 2 November 2017 – A new midwifery school which recently opened in Bo District, will not only provide career opportunities for budding midwives, but will also contribute to reducing... Read more

19 October 2017
Fatmata Turay, at the Pentagon Camp in Freetown, Sierra Leone

Tears of a mother: Pregnant woman left devastated by floods and landslides in Sierra Leone

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 19 October 2017 – Imagine waking up one morning to hear that your entire family, including your children are dead. Spare a thought for Fatmata Turay and her husband who woke... Read more

17 October 2017

The State of World Population 2017

• Only about half of the world’s women hold paid jobs • Globally, women earn 77 per cent of what men get • Three in five women worldwide lack maternity leave, many pay “motherhood penalty” Freetown,... Read more

4 October 2017
UNFPA and key partners at the High Level planning workshop. @UNFPA Sierra Leone 2017/Salim Sahid Kamara

Sierra Leone with support from UNFPA and partners makes strides towards ending child marriage

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 4 October 2017 – UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, and key partners met at a two-day national High Level planning workshop to end child marriage and teenage pregnancy... Read more

3 October 2017

Dr. Natalia Kanem appointed UNFPA Executive Director

UNITED NATIONS, New York, 3 October 2017 — Dr. Natalia Kanem was appointed Executive Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, today by Secretary-General António Guterres. She holds the... Read more

29 September 2017

UNFPA supports Statistics Sierra Leone to review Census thematic reports

BOMBALI, Sierra Leone, 29 September 2017 - Statistics Sierra Leone with technical support from the UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, and other development partners engaged in a three-day... Read more

1 September 2017
Martha Kamara at the Saio displacement site, Regent ©UNFPA Sierra Leone/2017/Angelique Reid

Landslide disaster in Sierra Leone leaves pregnant woman homeless and mourning for loved ones

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 1 September 2017- “At around 5 o’clock in the morning I left my house to go to the bakery. When I returned I saw the disaster occurring. I saw the rocks from the hill fly up... Read more