14 November 2019
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NAIROBI, Kenya – “If I had known about safe sex in my teens, my life would never have turned out this way,” said 21-year-old Sithu* from Myanmar. He contracted HIV two years ago, despite being intimate only twice with... Read more
13 November 2019
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In 10 years, the world could achieve three transformative results, at a price tag of only $264 billion, according to new research unveiled at the Nairobi Summit on ICPD25. © UNFPA Uganda
Nairobi, KENYA – It is possible to end preventable maternal deaths, cover all unmet needs for family planning and put a stop to gender-based violence, all within a decade. But it will cost the world a total of $264... Read more
12 November 2019
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Uhuru Kenyatta welcomes delegates at the Summit's opening. © Nairobi Summit
Nairobi, KENYA – More than 6,000 world leaders, scholars, advocates, faith leaders and others converged on the Kenyatta International Conference Centre today to attend the first day of Nairobi Summit on ICPD25, which... Read more
4 November 2019
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Nuns and monks gathered at Pangrizampa College of Astrology to speak with UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem about their work on sexual and reproductive health and rights. © UNFPA Bhutan/Nilanjana Bose
Thimphu, BHUTAN – "There was a time when I would be menstruating and didn’t know what to do during those days… Now I do.” These candid reflections came from an unexpected source: a nun sitting cross-legged on the floor... Read more
29 October 2019
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Without the support and information, Iuliana* faced violence and early pregnancy. But with the right support, a brighter future is possible. © UNFPA Moldova/Anastasia Pirvu
Chisinau, REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA – Iuliana* did not get much a childhood. Born into a poor family in a remote Moldovan village, she started working at an early age. “I worked at a poultry plant,” she recently recounted to... Read more
21 October 2019
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 The centres provide young people with knowledge about their bodies, relationships and health. © UNFPA Myanmar Thein Zaw Win
BHAMO, Myanmar – “My job is to help these boys and girls steer their dreams in the right direction for their future.” Mung Do, 25, is a youth leader at the UNFPA-supported Woi Chyai Youth Centre in Woi Chyai in Kachin... Read more
14 October 2019
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Ms. Asibazuyo described hairdressing as the "magic" skill that helped her overcome trauma and earn a living. © UNICEF/Adriko
ODRAMACAKU, Uganda – Christmas is one of the busiest times of the year for beauty salons in this small town in Uganda’s northern Arua District. For 16-year-old Irene Asibazuyo, it means that she will make a little more... Read more
16 October 2019
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The UNFPA-supported CASE Centre offers social and legal support for women survivors of gender-based violence in Ayacucho. © Municipality of Huamanga/Roxana Gomez Leon
LIMA, Peru – For survivors of gender-based violence in Peru’s Ayacucho region, filing a police complaint used to be a daunting experience. On top of dealing with the trauma itself, women — many of whom live in poverty... Read more
11 October 2019
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Ms. Gebray wants to continue her education until the day comes when she freely decides to marry. © UNFPA Ethiopia/Abraham Gelaw
KOLA TEMBEIN, Tigray Region, Ethiopia – Earlier this year, Haderu Gebray, 15, and her parents were arrested for planning her wedding to an older man she had never met.  Ms. Gebray's plight hit the media headlines... Read more
8 October 2019
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 In Yemen, exposure to trauma and violence is widespread as the conflict enters its fifth year. © UNFPA Yemen
SANA'A, Yemen - By the time conflict escalated in Yemen in 2015, Salwa* had already survived a lifetime of hardship. “My parents divorced when I was 5 years old. This was the start of all my worries and fears,” she told... Read more

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