News on Comprehensive sexuality education

18 Novembre 2015
Seila, 16, is pregnant with her first child. She dropped out of school to work on her family's farm in Tbong Khmum Province. © UNFPA Cambodia
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia – At 16 years old, Svet is struggling with the challenges of motherhood. Having dropped out of school after grade 4, she had not received any information about sexual and reproductive health, family... Read more
17 Novembre 2015
Girls in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, attend a life skills course. © Cavoequiva
ABIDJAN, Côte d'Ivoire – AD’s* nightmare began when her parents died. “My uncle decided to marry me off against my will. I refused and ran away,” she said. AD sought help from her brother-in-law, “but he asked me to... Read more
9 Novembre 2015
Young people in Band-e-Amir, Afghanistan. A UNFPA-supported hotline is helping Afghanistan's youth learn about their health and rights. © UN Photo/Eric Kanalstein
KABUL, Afghanistan – "We had a case where one of the callers, a girl, was pregnant, and when she told her boyfriend about her condition, he disappeared. She was desperate when she called us, even considering committing... Read more
29 Ooctobre 2015
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
11 Ooctobre 2015
Goedele Liekens (right), UNFPA's Goodwill Ambassador in Belgium, in Ethiopia. After spending more than 15 years as a Goodwill Ambassador, Ms. Liekens reflects on the progress made for girls. Image courtesy of Goedele Liekens.
BRUSSELS, Belgium/UNITED NATIONS, New York – For more than 15 years, Goedele Liekens has served as a UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador, advocating for better access to sexual and reproductive health information and care. A... Read more
6 Août 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
15 Juillet 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
8 Juin 2015
Sophie stands in front of the Namwera Health Centre, where she attends Safeguard Young People programmes and activities. © UNFPA Malawi/ Hope Ngwira
Mangochi, Malawi – In 2010, when Sophie was just 13 years old, her elder sister suddenly and tragically died. Sophie’s world was shattered: She was forced to drop out of school and return home to care for her six... Read more
29 Mai 2015
Students in Daoukro, Côte d’Ivoire. Young people are poised to transform the country's future. But to do so, they must be empowered, educated and employed. © UNFPA Cote d'Ivoire
DAKAR, Senegal – "I knew I was pregnant, but I talked to my classmate, not my parents or my teachers,” said Amina, 18, a student in Daoukro, Côte d’Ivoire.  “My parents were very upset and not kind. They rejected me."... Read more
26 Mai 2015
Mobile reproductive health camps like this one, in Kavre District, are reaching thousands with life-saving health care, counselling and health information. © UNFPA Nepal
UNITED NATIONS, New York – More than a month has passed since homes and lives were shattered by Nepal’s 7.8 magnitude earthquake. The disaster triggered landslides and violent aftershocks that have pushed families out... Read more