News on Youth leadership & participation

26 August 2015
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
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
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
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
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
30 July 2015
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
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
"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
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
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