News on Youth leadership & participation

10 October 2017
News
Takhona learned to protect herself from HIV from UNFPA's Safeguard Young People programme.
SHISELWENI, Swaziland – More than one in five adults in Swaziland are HIV-positive, according to the most recent data, and the rates are highest among women. Despite these dangers, young people – and young women in... Read more
11 October 2017
News
What does gender inequality look like? These five girls can tell you.
UNITED NATIONS, New York – Despite years of efforts and advances, full gender equality has yet to be realized. There is not one country in the world free of gender-based violence or discrimination. And in too many... Read more
22 September 2017
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Svitlana Tavantseva counsels survivors of violence in Ukraine. Too often, she says, women are shamed rather than perpetrators. © UNFPA Ukraine/Maks Levin
UNITED NATIONS, New York – Violence against women continues to be the most pervasive human rights violation in the world. Roughly one in three women experience physical or sexual assault in her lifetime – and this... Read more
6 September 2017
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Faith (centre) with her friends Sylvia (right) and Vivian, who all ran away from home to avoid female genital mutilation and child marriage. © UNFPA Kenya/Douglas Waudo
NAIKARRA, Kenya – “I woke up one morning, and my father told me that we were poor and needed money,” said Faith, describing the moment she learned she was engaged. She was 11 years old at the time. Her father explained... Read more
5 September 2017
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Elizabeth Ayumpou Balang speaks with a midwife during her antenatal check-up at the Kiir Mayardit Women's Hospital in Rumbek. ©UNFPA South Sudan/Arlene Alano
RUMBEK, South Sudan – Elizabeth Ayumpou Balang is a teacher at a nursery and primary school in Rumbek, a town in central South Sudan. It is her dream job, but it did not come easily. Like many girls in South Sudan, Ms.... Read more
21 August 2017
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Shaina, 16, spoke out about the challenges facing girls at the launch of a campaign to address adolescent pregnancy. © UNFPA Philippines
PUERTO PRINCESA, Philippines – “I want to be a doctor someday,” said Shaina Macmac, 16, a senior at the WPU-Agricultural Science High School in Palawan, a southwestern province of the Philippines. “Aspirations in life... Read more
10 August 2017
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Asha Ali Ibrahim, a local circumciser, with her granddaughter, who is due to be cut this year. © UNFPA/Georgina Goodwin
HARGEISA – Asha Ali Ibrahim, 41, has been performing female genital mutilation (FGM) on girls in Diaami, Hargeisa and other parts of Somalia since 1997. July and August are her busiest months of the year. “This is the... Read more
9 August 2017
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Edma teaches girls the skills and knowledge they need to protect themselves, stay in school and demand their rights. © UNFPA/Helene Christensen
NAMPULA CITY, Mozambique – “Some adolescent girls will leave school to marry for money,” 21-year-old Edma told UNFPA. “Some are engaging in unsafe sexual behaviours, unaware of the risks and their rights.” Edma sees... Read more
3 August 2017
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Globally, pregnancy-related complications are the leading cause of death  among girls aged 15 to 19. Photograph by Lucy Tomasino
AHUACHAPÁN, El Salvador – “I could have died the day my son was born,” said Evelyn*, who became pregnant when she was only 13. Her pregnancy was complicated, and she spent most of the time bedridden and in constant... Read more
20 July 2017
News
A pilot programme is working to stop the cycle of violence in Cambodia, where half of women and a quarter of men say wife beating can be justified. © UNFPA Cambodia/Sophanara Pen
KAMPONG CHAM, Cambodia – Women in Cambodia’s Kampong Cham Province are no strangers to violence. A staggering 33 per cent of women in the province have experienced physical violence since age 15, a 2014 survey revealed... Read more

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