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The Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Dr. Natalia Kanem, called for peace in Yemen and urgent funding for women’s health and protection as she concluded a three-day visit to the country on Monday. UNFPA

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DATELINE: 21-22 MARCH 2021, YEMEN

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21 MARCH 2021, CRATER, YEMEN

1. Tracking shot, Executive Director Natalia Kanem visiting maternity ward

22 MARCH 2021, SANA’A, YEMEN

2. SOUNDBITE (English) Natalia Kanem, Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA):
“I’m coming directly from a humanitarian mission of solidarity in support of the women and girls of Yemen. Having just witnessed the situation first-hand, I am deeply concerned about the health and protection of Yemeni women and adolescent girls, who are hard-hit by the conflict, by the humanitarian crisis, and now the threat of famine.”

21 MARCH 2021, CRATER, YEMEN

3. Tracking shot, Kanem visiting maternity ward

22 MARCH 2021, SANA’A, YEMEN

4. SOUNDBITE (English) Natalia Kanem, Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA):
“Today more than half of the 20 million people in need of humanitarian assistance in Yemen are women and girls. The situation is catastrophic with more than one million pregnant women at risk of acute malnutrition.”

21 MARCH 2021, CRATER, YEMEN

5. Med shot, Kanem talking to patient at maternity ward

22 MARCH 2021, SANA’A, YEMEN

6. SOUNDBITE (English) Natalia Kanem, Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA):
“UNFPA-funded sites in Yemen to support women, notably for maternal health and safe birth. We are providing mental health and well-being. I spoke with young girls who had to flee their villages and seek protection from UNFPA - from our sites, which are among the very few that offer such protection for women and girls.”

21 MARCH 2021, CRATER, YEMEN

7. Med shot, Kanem talking to patient at maternity ward

22 MARCH 2021, SANA’A, YEMEN

8. SOUNDBITE (English) Natalia Kanem, Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA):
“My message to the world is that the women and girls of Yemen want peace. For too many years, they have been caught up in a conflict not of their making. And their very survival depends upon increased humanitarian assistance. More funding is desperately needed for Yemen to avert further humanitarian catastrophe.”

21 MARCH 2021, CRATER, YEMEN

9. Tracking shot, Kanem visiting maternity ward

22 MARCH 2021, SANA’A, YEMEN

10. SOUNDBITE (English) Natalia Kanem, Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA):
“The realities and consequences of inaction in Yemen have never been as stark. The coming famine portends further calamity. And therefore, the world must act — we need to act now.”

21 MARCH 2021, CRATER, YEMEN

11. Tracking shot, Kanem visiting maternity ward

STORYLINE:

The Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Dr. Natalia Kanem, called for peace in Yemen and urgent funding for women’s health and protection as she concluded a three-day visit to the country on Monday (22 Mar).

Kanem said that Yemeni women and adolescent girls are bearing the brunt of six long years of grinding conflict, made unimaginably worse by Covid-19 and now the threat of famine.

SOUNDBITE (English) Natalia Kanem, Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA):
“I’m coming directly from a humanitarian mission of solidarity in support of the women and girls of Yemen. Having just witnessed the situation first-hand, I am deeply concerned about the health and protection of Yemeni women and adolescent girls, who are hard-hit by the conflict, by the humanitarian crisis, and now the threat of famine.”

During her visit, Kanem met with officials, frontline workers and women and girls seeking services.

In Aden, she visited a hospital and saw the toll that this conflict is taking. Every two hours, a woman dies from complications of pregnancy in the country. For pregnant women, severe malnutrition makes the process of giving birth even more life threatening. Only 20 percent of functional health facilities provide maternal and child health services.

SOUNDBITE (English) Natalia Kanem, Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA):
“Today more than half of the 20 million people in need of humanitarian assistance in Yemen are women and girls. The situation is catastrophic with more than one million pregnant women at risk of acute malnutrition.”

UNFPA provides more than half of all health facilities with the essential life-saving medicines to support women’s health, reaching more than 1.2 million women with reproductive health services in 2020.
During conflict, risks of gender-based violence increase along with harmful practices. In Aden, Kanem also visited a women’s shelter, one of eight shelters and 51 girls and women’s safe spaces supported by UNFPA in the country.

SOUNDBITE (English) Natalia Kanem, Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA):
“UNFPA-funded sites in Yemen to support women, notably for maternal health and safe birth. We are providing mental health and well-being. I spoke with young girls who had to flee their villages and seek protection from UNFPA - from our sites, which are among the very few that offer such protection for women and girls.”

In Sana’a, Kanem visited a specialized psychological care centre supported by UNFPA, where women and families receive mental health care and treatment.

SOUNDBITE (English) Natalia Kanem, Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA):
“My message to the world is that the women and girls of Yemen want peace. For too many years, they have been caught up in a conflict not of their making. And their very survival depends upon increased humanitarian assistance. More funding is desperately needed for Yemen to avert further humanitarian catastrophe.”

She said she was struck by the true resilience of women who have experienced such horrific trauma, and yet they still look for a better tomorrow. Women in Yemen deserve peace. She said that for too long, they have been caught up in a conflict that is not of their making. Their very survival depends upon increased international support and funding. The world must act now to save the lives of innocent civilians.

SOUNDBITE (English) Natalia Kanem, Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA):
“The realities and consequences of inaction in Yemen have never been as stark. The coming famine portends further calamity. And therefore, the world must act — we need to act now.”

UNFPA is calling for urgent funding of $100 million to provide reproductive healthcare and women’s protection services until the end of 2021.
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