News on Youth leadership & participation

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
22 June 2016
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Ani Tandim Lham shares life-changing health and human rights advice with other nuns and young people. © United Nations/Tim Jenkins
THIMPU, Bhutan – Nuns might seem like the last people needing sexual and reproductive health education. But in the tiny, landlocked Himalayan nation of Bhutan, holy women are being empowered by this information – and... Read more
17 June 2016
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A class for youth with hearing disabilities in Burkina Faso. UNFPA has provided training on sexual and reproductive health to this and other schools in the country. ©UNFPA/Théodore Somda
UNITED NATIONS, New York/OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso – A shocking 20 per cent of women with disabilities face forced or coerced sex. Stripped of their most fundamental reproductive rights, women with disabilities are too... Read more
15 June 2016
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SHINYANGA, United Republic of Tanzania – Unlike 95 per cent of girls her age in Tanzania’s Shinyanga region, at 17, Rahuba Kenedy was enrolled in secondary school – and excelling academically. Then, she met a charming... Read more
3 June 2016
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ISTANBUL, Turkey – “When we go to schools and shopping centres, we have to go to the bathroom in groups of three, so that gang members cannot abuse us. They can choose us to be their wives, and if we refuse, we could be... Read more

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