News on Youth leadership & participation

21 September 2015
News
Joel Barrera began a support group for youth living with HIV, which has transformed into a network for youth to advocate for better care and an end to discrimination. © UNFPA/Walter Sotomayor
The 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly is currently underway in New York. This meeting of the world's leaders will see the adoption of a new set of global goals – the Sustainable Development Goals –... Read more
15 September 2015
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Monique (top row, fourth from left), 18, and her teammates are challenging expectations in their conservative community. © UNFPA
Today marks the start of the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly, which will see the adoption of a new set of global goals – the Sustainable Development Goals – that aim to transform the world over the... Read more
9 September 2015
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UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon meet with 15 girls from Nigeria's Kaduna State, who presented a drama about the challenges they face in their community. © UNFPA Nigeria/Adeola Olunloyo
ABUJA, Nigeria – “I am proud to be a girl.” These were the bold closing words of a drama performed by 15 girls for United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and UNFPA’s Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, in... Read more
3 September 2015
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Nurse Blessings Sonkhanani has received training on how to provide information and care to young people. “Now we know what young people need,” she said. © UNFPA/Meaghan Charkowick
LILONGWE, Malawi – “I thought family planning was for married people, not for girls,” said Blessings Sonkhanani, a nurse at Namwera Health Center in Malawi’s Mangochi District. “We were not friendly to young people. We... Read more
26 August 2015
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Shelled Al Aqsa Hospital in Deir al Balah Gaza Strip © ALRESALA Newspaper
GAZA – Khalet* has just celebrated his first birthday. He was born during the recent hostilities in Gaza, which ended in August 2014. During the conflict, his pregnant mother, Samah, moved from shelter to shelter to... Read more
26 August 2015
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Paralysed and uneducated, Barira spent 16 years believing she had no value. Still, she had a fierce desire to learn. With a little help, she has rebuilt her life, making many friends, and becoming an active part of her community. © UNFPA
NIAMEY, Niger – Barira Harouna, 16, is unlike any of other girl in her village, Bargaja, in Niger’s Maradi Region. At only 2 years old, she was paralyzed by polio. Two years later, her father died. Her mother soon... Read more
18 August 2015
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Ko Win Tin Aung, a youth volunteer, delivers assistance to flood survivors in Ohn Pin Su Village, Ayeyawady Region. © UNFPA Myanmar/Benny Manser
AYEYAWADY, Myanmar – Over a million people have been critically affected by floods and landslides sweeping Myanmar. More than a hundred people have been killed, and downed bridges and washed-out roads have left some... Read more
12 August 2015
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Participants at a session of the Young Women’s Leadership Programme (YWLP). Through this programme, they will identify issues in their communities, then devise practical, effective solutions. © Youth First
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar – “I used to tell young people to stand up for their ideas,” said Tiana Razafinimanana, in Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar. Today, she is not only helping the country’s young people... Read more
10 August 2015
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Fatima Abdi Ali (right) with other young people. Ms. Abdi Ali, 21, serves on the country's Youth Advisory Panel, promoting the role of young people in establishing a sustainable peace in Somalia. © Y-Peer Somalia
MOGADISHU, Somalia – Fatima Abdi Ali, 21, belongs to a very small minority of game-changers: young women activists pushing for progress in Somalia. Somalia’s youth face an uphill struggle. More than 75 per cent of the... Read more
6 August 2015
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Young people and health professional advocated for the reproductive health law. © UNFPA
BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan – Twelve-year old Aigul,* in eastern Kyrgyzstan, locked herself in a school bathroom and contemplated suicide. When her teacher came to investigate, Aigul confessed that she had ignored her mother’s... Read more

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