A garment worker at Hela Clothing in Kenya, which provides health and well-being services to its female workers. © Universal Access Project

As COVID-19 continues to surge globally, communities and countries are facing the very real health, social, and economic impacts of the pandemic, and entire industries are being upended in ways we’ve never seen before. But girls and women — the backbone of the current and future global workforce — are…

While the world is focused on battling the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, and as the U.S. has a necessary — and long overdue — national conversation on racial justice and systemic racism, it seems that our newsfeeds are overflowing with the latest data, headlines, and developments. But even as these priorities…

COVID-19 emergency response activities 5 April 2020 — Bangladesh. © UNDP Bangladesh/Fahad Kaizer

As the COVID-19 pandemic rages, it’s clear we are in the midst a crisis that we have not experienced in our lifetime. It’s upending our health, our economy, and our daily lives. But as I face the challenge of adapting myself and my family to this “new normal,” I imagine…

In February, UNFPA delivered essential hygiene and medical supplies to support frontline health workers and their patients in Hubei Province, China. UNFPA is one of many UN agencies working to support outbreak mitigation efforts around the world. © UNFPA

We are living in a new reality. As the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, sweeps through the world in what the World Health Organization (WHO) has categorized as a pandemic, health systems are racing to keep respond and countries and communities are taking unprecedented measures to contain the spread of the virus…

Seema Jalan

Executive Director, Universal Access Project — striving for a world where all people can realize their sexual and reproductive health and rights.

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