News on Youth leadership & participation

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
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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
18 July 2017
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Edith Nambalirwa is reaching other youth with her entrepreneurial spirit and knowledge of sexual and reproductive health. © UNFPA ESARO/Corrie Butler
MUBENDE, Uganda/UNITED NATIONS, New York – Today, the world faces daunting challenges, from persistent poverty to entrenched inequalities. Yet one key solution is just over the horizon, if countries and leaders take... Read more
10 July 2017
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Aminata Kabba became pregnant at 15. She says she wishes she had known about family planning. © MSSL
PUJEHUN/BUEDU, Sierra Leone – When Aminata Kabba became pregnant last year, at 15 years old, she had no idea how difficult her life would become.  “Having a child at my age was a big mistake,” she said. Becoming a... Read more
31 May 2017
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The medical centre handles an assortment of issues, from maternal care to abuse. "There is a lot of domestic violence within the camp," said Adorable, a refugee from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. © UNFPA
BETOU, Republic of the Congo – “Some months we have more than 145 births at the centre – a lot, considering that we only are six midwives working here,” said Solange, a midwife at a medical centre in Betou, a village in... Read more
19 May 2017
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Young people face myriad barriers to realizing their human rights, including poor access to education and health care. And girls are especially vulnerable, facing discrimination, violence and high rates of early pregnancy. © UNFPA
MONROVIA, Liberia – Life is not often easy for Liberia’s young people. It has been 14 years since the end of a brutal civil war, but in many ways communities are still reeling. Poverty is rampant, school enrolment rates... Read more
25 April 2017
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Indigenous girls in northern Guatemala must often travel great distances to get to school, a factor that leads to high drop out rates. Bicycles help them stay in school. © UNFPA/Alejandro De León
CHISEC, Guatemala – Like many girls in Pecajbá, in Guatemala, Gladys Azucena Cho Cuc was forced to drop out when she reached secondary school. The high school was simply too far from home. In rural communities around... Read more
20 April 2017
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Girls from the Safeguard Young People programme in Malawi, which provides sexual and reproductive health information, helps young people access health services, and offers leadership training. © UNFPA Malawi/Hope Ngwira
UNITED NATIONS, New York – A study published today in The Lancet shows that improving the physical, mental and sexual health of adolescents, at a cost of about $4.60 per person per year, would yield more than 10 times... Read more
18 April 2017
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Taekwondo champion Farida Azizova (left) encourages young people to speak out against gender discrimination. Image from the Youth for a Better Future campaign.
UNITED NATIONS, New York/BAKU, Azerbaijan – “As you know, in this society, we have problems with equality between men and women,” said Farida Azizova, a 21-year-old taekwondo champion from Azerbaijan. She knows all too... Read more
5 April 2017
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María is leading recovery efforts in her community. "The situation is decaying each day," she said. © UNFPA/Cotera
LIMA, Peru – More than 1 million people have been affected by an unprecedented level of flooding, landslides and heavy rains in Peru. Twenty-four out of the country’s 25 departments are grappling with the crisis,... Read more

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