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Young and Pregnant in Jamaica, But Staying in School

Kazan's mother offers support to Kazan and baby Shakira. Photo:UNFPA/Jamaica
  • 10 August 2010

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Twenty-eight-year-old Antoinette Sykes is happy to have a job that allows her to make a difference in the lives of young girls. But there was a time when life was not so easy for Antoinette. At 15, while still in high school, she found herself pregnant.

“I just kept thinking everything would be set back for me…my future. I just kept having that negative thought,” Antoinette recalls.


Preventing Teenage Pregnancy in Ecuador

Maria Victoria Urquizo(15) was raped by a co-worker when she was 14 years old. Now she lives with her baby girl at her brother's house. Photo: Trygve Olfarnes/UNFPA.
  • 26 August 2010

RIOBAMBA, Ecuador — When fifteen-year-old Maria Victoria Urquizo tends to the potato field in front of her brother’s house in the indigenous community of Guanilchig, she has a stunning view of the majestic, snow-capped Chimborazo—Ecuador’s highest mountain. At 3,500 meters (about 11,500 feet) above sea level, the morning air in this Western range of the Andes is crisp.


Protecting the Rights, Unleashing the Potential of Indigenous Girls in Rural Guatemala

Abriendo Oportunidades offers safe spaces, mentoring, educational opportunities and solidarity for adolescent Mayan girls. It also introduces new possibilities into their lives. Photo © Mark Tuschman
  • 14 May 2013


Nearly 40 per cent of Guatemala's 14 million people belong to one of more than 20 indigenous Mayan groups. A disproportionate number live in poor and isolated rural areas with limited access to basic services such as water, sanitation, education and health.


Jamaica Offers a Model for Preventing Adolescent Pregnancies while Supporting Young Mothers

Talking to adolescents about sex can make for important but sometimes uncomfortable conversations<strong>.</strong> <i>Photo: Basil Jones for UNFPA</i>
  • 27 August 2013

This year's State of World Population report, which launches 30 October, will deal with the issue of adolescent pregnancy.  The following story describes a model programme in Jamaica that helps pregnant girls and young mothers continue their education and fulfil their potential.

KINGSTON, Jamaica — "Becoming pregnant at such a young age was a terrifying experience. I did not know what to do when I found out," said 17-year-old Joelle as she recounted the emotional turmoil of being pregnant during her teenage years.


Indigenous Girls in Guatemala Break the Cycle of Poverty

<p>Girl leaders in Xesacmalja, Guatemala, speak about the skills they've learned through Abriendo Oportunidades. <i>Photo Credit: UNFPA</i> <br/> &nbsp;</p>
  • 02 April 2014

XESACMALJA, Guatemala - The tiny town of Xesacmalja, four hours west of the capital, Guatemala City, is nestled between pine forests and surrounded by streams. The streets are usually quiet in this poor Mayan village, but last November they were bustling with activity as elders and dignitaries arrived to attend an event held by the community’s girls. The celebration, hosted at a local civic centre, showcased all that the girls had achieved through the Abriendo Oportunidades – ‘Opening Opportunities’ – Programme.


A New Midwifery School Brings Hope to Haitian Mothers

Classes have begun at the new National Midwifery School in Port-Au-Prince, housed in a new earthquake-resistant building following the devastating quake that hit Haiti in January 2010. UNFPA
  • 06 November 2013

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — The aftermath of the earthquake is still visible on the walls of the former National School of Nurses and Midwives in Port-Au-Prince. A tent that served as a makeshift classroom is still pitched in the yard.

Press Release

Population Conference Adopts Montevideo Consensus of Wide-Ranging Priority Actions on Reproductive Health, Gender Equality, Young People

15 August 2013

Photo © David Puig


Addressing High-Risk Pregnancies in Northeast Brazil

<p>Dr. Osotimehin with Dr. Dolores Fernandez, Director of IPERBA (left) at Bahia's Institute of Perinatology. Photo: Ulisses Lacava/UNFPA Brazil</p>
  • 26 June 2013

SALVADOR, Bahia –The tiny baby girl was asleep when UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin came to see her. "She is a premature baby, born after a 22-week pregnancy," explained Dr. Dolores Fernandez, Director of the Institute of Perinatology of Bahia "We are very proud of her -- yesterday she breastfed for the first time."


Challenges and Opportunities for Advancing the ICPD in Brazil

<p>The UNFPA Executive Director discussed present and future challenges for Brazil with Ricardo Paes de Barros, a Minister of the Secretariat of Strategic Affairs. Photo: <i>Photo: SAE/PR</i> </p>
  • 21 June 2013

BRASILIA — At the end of a three-day mission to Brazil, UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin left with good news: Brazil is committed to support the International Conference on Population Development review process and will actively participate in the Regional Conference on Population and Development that will take place in August in Montevideo, Uruguay.

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