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[Perspectives] Natalia Kanem: lifelong advocate for women’s health and rights

”My big disappointment is that women’s rights are still not at the centre”, says Natalia Kanem, echoing her lifelong “passion and hope” for women’s health and rights. Her interest in these issues started in 1975 when, as an undergraduate at Harvard University, she attended the first UN World Conference on Women. Appointed as the Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in October, 2017, Kanem hopes she “can really affect the fate of some of the poorest and most vulnerable women and girls in the world”.