News on Youth leadership & participation

3 March 2016
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KATHMANDU VALLEY, Nepal – “I was unaware of the fact that young people have the right to decide freely on matters related to their sexuality and that sexual and reproductive rights are basic human rights,” said Barun... Read more
11 January 2016
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South Sudanese refugee girls play ball in the Ayilo Refugee Settlement of northern Uganda. © UNFPA/Eveyln Kiapi
Adjumani, Uganda – Weeks after violence erupted in in South Sudan, Mike Marchar fled for his life. He found safe haven in the Ayilo Refugee Settlement in northern Uganda, but lost track of his family. He doesn’t know... Read more
14 December 2015
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Throughout her adolescence, Gina* was pressured to leave school and get married. Today, she is a youth advocate, working to promote the rights and well-being of other young girls. © Observatory for Children’s Rights
KORÇA, Albania – “When I was sixth grade, my mother used to say, very often, ‘Finish this year, and do not go to school anymore’,” said Gina,* a youth advocate from the marginalized Roma community in Albania. In many... Read more
9 December 2015
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Palestinian youth and Y-Peer trainers from Syria and Jordan stand in front of a mural they have created at a school run by the UN Relief and Works Agency in Zarqa, Jordan. © Y-Peer/Abdelbari Hamad
UNITED NATIONS, New York/AMMAN, Jordan – The United Nations Security Council today adopted a resolution calling on countries to engage young people in building peace and countering violent extremism. “Youth account for... Read more
25 November 2015
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Violence against women takes place in every country and community in the world. Syrian women participate in a session on gender-based violence in Damascus. © UNFPA Syria/Hamada Smesem
UNITED NATIONS, New York – Violence against women and girls is one of the world’s most pervasive human rights abuses. It happens every day, in every region, country and community on the planet, sometimes in plain sight... Read more
29 October 2015
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Too many young people in the Republic of Moldova lack access to sexual and reproductive health information. Tudor and other youth advocates are working the change that. © UNFPA Moldova
CHISINAU, the Republic of Moldova – “It is not easy at all for me to live alone,” Tudor told UNFPA. He has been living by himself since he was 13 years old, when the last of his family members moved abroad to work. His... Read more
9 October 2015
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Marcelle, 19, calls for girls to “get an education and be successful in life.” She and other elite athletes at the All African Games promoted girls’ rights, health and well-being through a variety of UNFPA-supported programmes. © UNFPA Congo
BRAZZAVILLE, Congo – “We are tired of hearing our parents telling us how, back in their days, young girls were married already at the age of 13,” said Marcelle, 19. “What is important today is to get an education and be... Read more
7 October 2015
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‘Aida struggled to recover from the memories of the Sarin gas attacks in Ghouta, Syria. After her family fled to Lebanon, services at a women’s centre helped her start a small business. © UNFPA/David Brunetti
AMMAN, Jordan – “I’d just gotten off the night shift,” said ‘Aida*, a nurse, describing the morning her neighbourhood in Ghouta, Syria, was attacked with Sarin gas. “My son called out to me. He couldn’t see.” It was 21... Read more
30 September 2015
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Young people must be prioritized, African Union leaders declared at a high-level meeting yesterday. Youth like Luwiza Lewis, in Malawi, demonstrate how opportunities can translate into lasting progress. © UNFPA Malawi
AFRICAN UNION CONFERENCE HALL, New York/LILONGWE, Malawi – At 15 years old, Luwiza Lewis, in Malawi, became pregnant and dropped out of school. Stories like hers are tragically common in much of Africa. Young people too... Read more
28 September 2015
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Panel moderator Asha Curran, director of the Center for Innovation and Social Impact at the 92nd St Y, with UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin and Ashley Judd, an actress and human rights activist, at the Social Good Summit in New York. © UNFPA/Koye Adeboye
NEW YORK, United States – Young people are an engine for progress, but their potential future will go unfulfilled if they are not empowered, said UNFPA Executive Dr. Director Babatunde Osotimehin and actress and... Read more

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