News on Youth leadership & participation

30 Mai 2018
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Faith Kiraison, an advocate for girls' rights and health, teaches her peers about menstrual health management. © UNFPA Kenya/Douglas Waudo
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa/NAROK, Kenya – “I felt embarrassed to be a girl and felt like it was a punishment,” recalled 13-year-old Faith, describing her first period.  She was living in a boarding school in Narok... Read more
10 Mai 2018
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Drawing on her own experience being married as a child – and then getting back to school – Jenipher Sanni has become a mentor for girls in her community. © UN Foundation/GirlUp
MANGOCHI, Malawi – Jenipher Sanni dreams of making it big in life, and this year, she prepares to sit for four exams to attain the certificate she needs to move on to university. But getting to this point has not been a... Read more
24 Avril 2018
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Young women and men come to Safe Space sessions in equal numbers and with equal levels of interest in discussing topics that, otherwise, most don't talk about with anyone else. © UNFPA Maldives/Ashwa Faheem
MALE’, MALDIVES – As the hammering, buzzing and whirring of construction drone on outside – the soundtrack of a growing capital city – young people gather at Male’s Jazz Café to talk relationships, sex and family... Read more
16 Avril 2018
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Young actors perform a scene from "Ruža," an interactive play about the harms of child marriage. Photo by Almir Panjeta for UNICEF/UNFPA BiH
SARAJEVO, Bosnia and Herzegovina – On the surface, child marriage seems to affect few girls in Bosnia and Herzegovina. But dig a little deeper, and a pattern emerges among the most marginalized, impoverished girls. A... Read more
11 Avril 2018
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Sport improves confidence and builds community, say youth leaders.© UNFPA Iraq
BAGHDAD, Iraq – “Sport promotes cooperation and creativity, attracts positive energy, breaks deadlocks and develops innate talents and skills,” said Fatima, a 27-year-old youth leader, from Dhi Qar Governorate in... Read more
27 Mars 2018
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Zainab Binta Jalloh a été mariée à l’âge de 15 ans. Aujourd’hui, elle parle librement de son expérience et défend la nécessité de changer les choses. Cette photo est utilisée avec l’autorisation de Zainab.
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone/Johannesburg, Afrique du Sud – « Selon nos traditions, une fille doit être mariée quand elle atteint la puberté », explique Zainab Binta Jalloh, une jeune fille de 23 ans qui vit dans le district... Read more
26 Mars 2018
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Haneen volunteers at a UNFPA-supported women's centre in Debaga camp. © UNFPA Iraq
DEBAGA, Iraq – Haneen Ali* was 22 years old when conflict forced her family to flee their home in Mosul, in northern Iraq. With her parents, she hiked through minefields before finding safety in the Debaga camp. “The... Read more
23 Mars 2018
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“We really need more information on sex and reproductive health,” said Kathleen Acosta, 18, a senior and student leader at UP high school in Iloilo. © UNFPA Philippines
ILOILO, Philippines – “I was shocked when I found out I was pregnant,” said Gina*, now 19. At the time, she was a third-year high school student in Iloilo, a central province of the Philippines, and already six months... Read more
16 Mars 2018
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Violence against women and girls is pervasive throughout the world. A rape kit in South Sudan. © UNFPA/Tim McKulka
UNITED NATIONS, New York – Leaders and youth advocates gathered in New York on Tuesday to discuss how to work together to end violence against women and girls, the most prevalent human rights violation in the world. The... Read more
8 Mars 2018
News
Sangita BK is a fierce activist who empowers girls and teaches them to stand up for their human rights. © UNFPA Nepal/Dhana Bahadur Lamsal
KATHMANDU, Nepal – In her home district in far-western Nepal, 19-year-old Sangita BK needs no introduction. She is well-known as an activist against child marriage. In the last three years, she has – on her own –... Read more

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