News on Youth leadership & participation

30 July 2015
News
Young people worked with experts and UN staff to develop new mobile health solutions at a Kampala hackathon. The winning team celebrates with a selfie. © UNFPA Uganda
KAMPALA, Uganda – The developers worked through the night, furiously typing code into their laptops, racing to complete a working prototype. But this was no Silicon Valley startup. It was a conference room in Kampala,... Read more
28 July 2015
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Irene Ayo, 20, is a peer educator in the South Sudanese refugee settlement where she lives. She teaches other young refugees about the benefits of family planning. © UNFPA/Eveyln Kiapi
BARATUKU/KIRYADONGO, Uganda – Two brave, young South Sudanese refugees are defying expectations and speaking frankly about their decision to use family planning. After surviving conflict and enduring a perilous journey... Read more
23 July 2015
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"I felt I had a responsibility to the earthquake survivors,” said Janak BK, here with another young responder and earthquake survivors in Sindhuli District. © UNFPA Nepal
SINDHULI, Nepal – Millions are still reeling from the massive earthquake that rocked Nepal in April. Over 8,600 people were killed, over 100,000 were injured, and tens of thousands are now homeless. Yet amid the... Read more
15 July 2015
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Netball athletes show their skills during a rally at Manchester High School in Jamaica. A UNFPA-supported programme is showing young people how to apply their skills to making healthy choices. © UNFPA SROC
PORTLAND, Jamaica – “Find a trusted person to talk to about sexual and reproductive health issues, abuse and discrimination,” Sashauna Morgan told a group of young athletes at Titchfield High School, in Portland,... Read more
10 July 2015
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Sarita Tamang, 25, was nine months pregnant when her house collapsed around here. Women like Ms. Tamang have specific health needs that can be overlooked in emergencies. © UNFPA Nepal
NEW YORK, United Nations – Sarita Tamang was nine months pregnant when she was buried alive by the devastating earthquake in Nepal. Her house in Gorkha, near the epicentre of the quake, collapsed on top of her. "I could... Read more
8 June 2015
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Sophie stands in front of the Namwera Health Centre, where she attends Safeguard Young People programmes and activities. © UNFPA Malawi/ Hope Ngwira
Mangochi, Malawi – In 2010, when Sophie was just 13 years old, her elder sister suddenly and tragically died. Sophie’s world was shattered: She was forced to drop out of school and return home to care for her six... Read more
1 June 2015
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Much of the world is poised to reap a demographic dividend. But to do this, countries must invest in young people. Students in Cotonou, Benin. © UNFPA Benin/Ollivier Girard
UNITED NATIONS, New York – Young people are increasingly recognized as critical actors in matters of global importance. "I place great hope in their power to shape our future,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-... Read more
13 May 2015
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UNFPA maternal health expert Olivier Moalloum is interviewed by Radio Tob, in Mandoul Region, Chad. © UNFPA/Ollivier Girard
KOUMRA, Chad – In the conservative, traditional communities of southern Chad, a bold radio programme is bringing sex-related issues to the airwaves. But the show is not hosted by shock jocks. Rather, it is the work of... Read more
24 February 2015
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Youth activist Benaiah Nari, in Papua New Guinea, helps his peers make safe and   respectful sexual and reproductive health choices. © UNFPA Pacific
FIJI/PORT MORESBY – Benaiah Nari grew up amid poverty and ethnic clashes in Papua New Guinea, a country where sexual violence, sexually transmitted infections and adolescent pregnancy are rife. After watching his peers... Read more
14 February 2015
News
School girls say #IDONT. Photo shared by Action Health Incorporated, a Nigeria-based youth organization.
UNITED NATIONS, New York – This Valentine’s Day young people around the world are harnessing the power of social media to raise their voice against child marriage. New estimates show that, this year alone, 13.5 million... Read more

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