News on Youth leadership & participation

31 August 2016
News
UNFPA is helping to educate women about family planning options. © UNFPA/Annette Poni
MALAKAL, South Sudan – Life is harsh in the northern city of Malakal. Once a vibrant commercial hub, it is now essentially a ghost town, its residents crammed into a protection camp on the city’s outskirts. Even there,... Read more
31 August 2016
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Phoo Ngun, her husband Zaw Moe and their two daughters in the flood-devastated Ayayawady Region. Family planning supplies will help flood-affected women recover without worrying about unplanned pregnancies. © UNFPA Myanmar/Yenny Gamming
OHN PIN SU VILLAGE, Myanmar – Monsoon floods are an annual hazard for Phoo Ngun’s family. Although their bamboo home stands on tall stilts, their kitchen is submerged in rainwater. Ms. Phoo Ngun, 31, has set up a... Read more
12 August 2016
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Fatima Muhammed demonstrates how to make a reusable sanitary napkin in her school's sewing room. Classmate Deborah Chavula looks on. © UNFPA Malawi/Henry Chimbali
SENGA BAY, Malawi – After finishing class for the day, Fatima Muhammed and Deborah Chavula head to their school’s sewing room to make sanitary napkins. It is an unusual after-school activity, but a vital one: They... Read more
12 August 2016
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Students perform their award-winning poem, "The Life that is Worthy." Their message makes them ambassadors of sustainable development, said leaders at the 2016 Music, Dance and Drama Festival.
KAMPALA, Uganda – Talking about sexual and reproductive health is not easy, especially in the conservative corners of Uganda. But the girls of Buddo Secondary School found a powerful way to address the issue: poetry. “... Read more
4 August 2016
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Young people have a right to access to accurate information about their bodies, including how to protect themselves from HIV. Youth pose with singer Yvonne Chaka Chaka at the 21st International AIDS Conference. © UNFPA/Prossy Nakanjako
DURBAN, South Africa – Zandile Simelane was just a teenager when her life was turned upside-down. “At the age of 17, I was diagnosed with HIV,” she told UNFPA at the recent International AIDS Conference in Durban, South... Read more
3 August 2016
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Dream Team do Passinho launches their hit new song, "More Rights, Less Zika" on World Population Day 2016. The song is a collaboration between the popular music group and UNFPA. © UNFPA Brazil/Tatiana Almeida
BRASÍLIA, Brazil – Funk music stars from Brazil’s favela communities are calling for people to “get together for more rights, less zika” in their newest single. The band, Dream Team do Passinho, partnered with UNFPA to... Read more
1 August 2016
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Alexandrina, Amina and Ionela talk about the barriers girls face in the Republic of Moldova. © UNFPA Republic of Moldova
CHISINAU, Republic of Moldova – “My biggest dream is to be healthy, to have a successful career and to have a family,” said Alexandrina, a 16-year-old girl from Helesteni, Nisporeni. These dreams are shared with... Read more
1 July 2016
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Volunteer James S. Yangbie leads a discussion at the health club he started at Kaytoken Junior High. Talented youth volunteers are meeting reproductive health needs in Liberia, where conflict and the Ebola epidemic had left the health system shattered. © UNFPA/Ruth Fertig
UNITED NATIONS, New York/MONROVIA, Liberia – Jackie knows about heartbreak. She became pregnant in the ninth grade and was forced to leave school. Then, when her baby was nearly two years old, she suddenly fell sick. “I... Read more
29 June 2016
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Actress Yana and actor Chhaly at a Love9 casting session. The show has sparked conversations about sex and health throughout Cambodia. © UNFPA Cambodia
PHNOM-PENH, Cambodia – “My engine is still working!” a young man in a clinic yelled gleefully, having just testing negative for sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Patients in the waiting room turned to gawk at him... Read more
11 July 2016
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Investing in teenage girls is critical – not only for girls, but for the world. © UNFPA Niger
UNITED NATIONS, New York – Today is World Population Day, a day that calls attention on urgent population issues. This World Population Day spotlights the need to invest in teenage girls. Despite strides the world has... Read more

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