In 2020, UNFPA launched its new country programme document (CPD 2020-2024) focused on ensuring reproductive rights of women and young people, and eliminating gender-based violence in humanitarian and development context. The country programme directly contributes to the three transformative results of UNFPA: eliminating preventable maternal deaths; zero GB\/, and zero unmet needs for family planning.
The new country programme has four outcomes namely sexual reproductive health, adolescents and youth, gender equality and women's empowerment, and population dynamics. This comprehensive approach supports the country in fulfilling the commitments made in Nairobi in 2019.
The first year of the country programme implementation was affected by the COVID19 pandemic. The pandemic touched every community and every family in Iraq but especially the most vulnerable people. The UNFPA team quickly adjusted the programme implementation strategies to the evolving epidemiological situation and emerging challenges to deliver meaningful results. Based on our assessment, ten governorates with the lower development indicators were prioritised for the country programme implementation. They are Anbar, Baghdad, Basra, Dohuk, Erbil, Kirkuk, Nineveh, Qadisiyyah, Salahaddin, Sulaymaniyah.
This report shows not only the achieved targets and milestones but also the impact of UNFPA efforts on women and girls lives and choices.