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UNFPA India is honoured to receive the Mahatma Award 2021 for COVID-19 Humanitarian Efforts.

We dedicate this award to all the frontline workers and partners who helped deliver our mandate during these challenging times.


On 8th October 2021, UNFPA in partnership with Patna Municipal Corporation launched the Mechanized Cleaning Women Cooperative under Sustainable and Inclusive Urbanization in Patna: Promoting Safe, Healthy and Inclusive Models for Slum Development.

The initiative is a women-led entrepreneurship model under which women from the sanitation workers community trained with specialized skills undertake mechanized cleaning of sewers and septic tanks. The initiative is also aimed at eliminating the harmful and hazardous practice of #manualscavenging.


Dr. Yuvraj Jadeja, MD Obstetrics and Gynaecologist and Fertility Specialist, answers some pertinent questions related to pregnancy and COVID-19 vaccination.

Please note that the COVID-19 vaccine can be taken anytime during pregnancy and it should be taken at the earliest.


On the occasion of World Population Day 2021, Argentina Matavel, Representative India and Country Director Bhutan, UNFPA, spoke at a webinar titled 'Addressing Women's & Girls' Needs for Sexual and Reproductive Health & Family Planning Services during COVID-19 and Beyond', hosted by the Population Foundation of India.

Argentina spoke on what lessons can be learned from the COVID-19 situation in India and how can we ensure continuity of and access to sexual and reproductive health and family services during times of crisis, similar to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Watch UNFPA India Representative and Country Director, Bhutan, Argentina Matavel Piccin's interview on NDTV on the impact of COVID19 on women's sexual and reproductive health and rights and more.


Listen to the inspiring stories of these young changemakers across UNFPA programmes who have made exceptional contributions through their unwavering spirit and grit by mobilising themselves to serve their community during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Young people are leading the way on global concerns from climate change to gender equality, especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic. They have the right to make choices about their bodies and lives.

Yet it’s true that they cannot always realize their rights. UNFPA pledges to do everything we can to act with young people on the challenges they face. We stand with them in their fight to claim the world they imagine - and deserve.

Footage courtesy UNICEF


Domestic violence is a violation of human rights, denying women equality, security, dignity, self-worth, and their right to enjoy fundamental freedoms.

The Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act (PWDVA), instituted in 2005, is a legislation aimed at protecting women from violence in domestic relationships.

Watch this film to know the provisions under the Act. Seek justice now.


Bodily autonomy is the power and agency to make choices about your body without fear of violence or having someone else decide for you.

A serious lack of bodily autonomy has had far-reaching implications much beyond the profound harm to individual women and girls that include potentially depressing economic productivity, undercutting skills, and extra costs to health care and judicial systems.

Nearly half the women from 57 developing countries do not have the right to decide regarding their bodies including using contraception, seeking health care, or even on their sexuality.

Download the State of World Population Report 2021 here:


Let's take a stand against harassment at the workplace no matter where we work from. Let's #ChangeForPositive​ #COVID19​ #WFH​