News on Youth leadership & participation

27 November 2017
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Noviazgo sin Violencia, or Dating without Violence, addresses the fact that intimate partner violence often begins early. © UNFPA Paraguay/Mario Achucarro
ASUNCIÓN, Paraguay – At only 16 years old, Laura* has already experienced intimate partner violence. “For two years, I put up with verbal and even physical abuse,” she said, referring to an ex-boyfriend. “It’s one of... Read more
14 November 2017
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Gudiya Chaudhary traveled 35 km to participate in the tournament, which was the first of its kind in the district.
TAULIHAWA, Nepal – "I often watch boys playing cricket on this ground. But today I caught a glimpse of girl cricketers in action," said Irfan Darji, a 13-year-old spectator at the final match in a trailblazing girls’... Read more
7 November 2017
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UNFPA works with youth groups to provide sexual and reproductive health information and services. A UNFPA-supported HIV screening for young people in Moroni. © UNFPA Comoros
MORONI, Comoros – Sara* was 17 when she found out she was pregnant. Living in a rural village in the Comoros, she carried the entire pregnancy in secret, and then gave birth in a hospital bathroom. “Our society does not... Read more
10 October 2017
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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

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