News on Comprehensive sexuality education

7 June 2018
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Menstrual health is a serious, but overlooked, issue among vulnerable women. Refugees in Louva, Angola, receive UNFPA-distributed dignity kits, which include sanitary napkins, soap, laundry detergent and other essential hygiene supplies. © UNFPA/Tiril Skarstein
UNITED NATIONS, New York – Shame, stigma and misinformation surrounding menstruation are contributing to serious human rights concerns for women and girls, emphasizes a new report commissioned by UNFPA.  The report, a... Read more
30 May 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
27 March 2018
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Zainab Binta Jalloh was married off at age 15. Today, she is outspoken about her experience and the need for change. Image courtesy of Zainab.
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone/Johannesburg, South Africa – "According to our tradition, a girl should get married when she reaches puberty," said Zainab Binta Jalloh, a 23-year-old from Sierra Leone’s Koinadugu District. She... Read more
23 March 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
28 February 2018
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BANGKOK, Thailand – Mon* began dating her boyfriend when she was 14 years old. They met online.  A few months in, "he wanted to have sex," she recalled. "He did not use any protection. I was scared at first, but he said... Read more
19 February 2018
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Angie and Jazmin were both teen mothers in Lima, Peru. They both say they did not have access to comprehensive sexuality education. © Paco Chuquiure
LIMA, Peru – "I became pregnant at 14 years old,” Angie told UNFPA. Now 19, she lives with her son in a low-income area on the margins of Peru’s capital, Lima, in the densely populated Villa El Salvador District. Angie... Read more
12 February 2018
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Fern* is living in an emergency home, a shelter offering crisis care and maternal care for teen mothers. © UNFPA/Ruth Carr
BANGKOK, Thailand – “I had plans for my life, but since I got pregnant I had to plan for my life in a different way,” said Fern*, 18. “If I knew this was going to happen, I would have just focused on my studies. I would... Read more
25 January 2018
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Thiri became pregnant at age 15. A marriage was hastily arranged for her, and she dropped out of school. © UNFPA Myanmar/Yenny Gamming
YANGON, Myanmar – Every year, almost 50,000 teenage girls in Myanmar give birth, according to data from the 2014 census. Thiri* was one of them. She became pregnant when she was only 15 years old. “My boyfriend and I... Read more
15 January 2018
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Kiena Odette,Musito and other girls take part in educational and recreational activities at the UNFPA-supported women-friendly space. © UNFPA/Tiril Skarstein
LOVUA, Angola – In a simple white tent in the Lóvua refugee settlement in Angola, women and girls who fled the brutal conflict in Kasai, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, can find safe haven and support. The tent... Read more
11 January 2018
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UNFPA works with survivors of violence and with law enforcement. But with studies showing that young herders are frequently among the perpetrators of violence, it became clear that efforts must be directed towards them, as well. © UNFPA Lesotho
HABA TSEKA, Lesotho – “Before, I never used a condom, and I would force myself violently onto girls and young women,” said Kabelo*, 22, in rural Lesotho. A herder in Haba Tseka, he grew up in an area where violence is... Read more

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