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Women’s health and rights advocate Nafis Sadik dies at 92

“Ms Sadiq will be remembered for her significant contributions to women’s health and rights and population policy, and for her tireless efforts in the fight against HIV/AIDS,” the UN Secretary-General said.

Nafis Sadik joined the United Nations Population Fund in 1971, becoming the first woman to head a major voluntarily funded United Nations programme. (AA)

Pakistani doctor Nafis Sadik, who championed women’s health and rights and spearheaded a landmark action plan adopted by 179 countries at the 1994 United Nations Population Conference, has died.

Her mother died of natural causes at her New York home on Sunday night, four days before her 93rd birthday, according to her son Omar Sadiq.

Nafis Sadik joined the United Nations Population Fund in 1971, became Assistant Executive Director in 1977, and was appointed Executive Director in 1987.

She was the first woman to lead a major voluntarily funded United Nations programme.

In June 1990, Perez de Cuellar appointed Sadik Secretary-General of the 1994 Fifth United Nations International Conference on Population and Development (also known as the Cairo Conference).

She became the architect of a groundbreaking action plan that was the first to recognize that women have the right to control their reproductive and sexual health and to choose whether to conceive.

At a women’s conference in Beijing, held one year after Cairo, Sadik told delegates:

“Reproductive rights include more than the right to reproduce,” she said.

“It involves supporting women in non-reproductive activities and, in fact, liberates them from values ​​that claim that reproduction is their only function.”

“Important Contribution”

Since Cairo, “millions of girls and young women have learned that their bodies are theirs and that their future is theirs to shape,” said Natalia Kanem, current Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund. I grew up knowing that,” he said.

After retiring from the Population Fund in 2000, Sadik served as Special Advisor to the Executive Director and Special Envoy on HIV/AIDS in the Asia-Pacific region.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Sadik will be remembered “for her significant contributions to women’s health and rights, population policy and her tireless efforts to combat HIV/AIDS”.

Born in Jaunpur, British India, Nafis Sadik received his medical degree from the Dow Medical School in Karachi and began working in the women’s and children’s wards of the Pakistan Military Hospital from 1954 to 1963.

The following year, she was appointed head of the health department of the Government Planning Commission.

In 1966, Sadik joined the Central Family Planning Council of Pakistan, the government agency responsible for implementing the National Family Planning Programme. She was promoted to Executive Director in 1970.

She also did an internship in gynecology and obstetrics at Baltimore City Hospital and continued her medical education at Johns Hopkins University.

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Source: AP



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