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Can Young People Help Build Peace?

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Is it true that young people are typically victims and/or perpetrators of violence in times of conflict? Young peace builders from 15 countries in East and Southern Africa gathered in Johannesburg, South Africa, to discuss how young people can contribute towards creating peace and security, and being the change they want to see. This is what they had to say.

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FGM and Child Marriage in Kenya

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This is the story of Faith Kiraison, a courageous girl who ran away from her home at the tender age of 11 to avoid female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriage. Find out how UNFPA is supporting her right to sexual and reproductive health and to stay in school, to lead a healthy, empowered life.

This is the first episode of the UNFPA Kenya #HerStoryHerVoice Series.

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UNFPA: Family Planning

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Fact: family planning is a human right. Yet 214 million women worldwide lack access to family planning. In 2016, contraceptives provided by UNFPA prevented more than 11 million unintended pregnancies and 3 million unsafe abortions.

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MoBiz 2017

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In Mozambique, a country where the majority of school drop outs are due to early pregnancy among adolescent girls and around 13 per cent of the population is living with HIV and AIDS, the MoBiz programme is using new technology to inform and improve young people's access to sexual and reproductive health services. Here's how.

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Tribute to Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin (1949-2017)

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Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, former Executive Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on 4 June 2017. Watch this moving tribute to his life in service of humanity.

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SMS Biz/U-Report

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The Geração Biz Programme (PGB) is a Government of Mozambique programme to provide quality health information and services to adolescents and young people, to help reduce child marriage and early pregnancy.

Discover the SMS Biz/U-Report platform, established under PGB, which is an SMS-based service that supports adolescents and young people with confidential access to free information, counselling and referrals on the issues of child marriage, gender-based violence, HIV, and other sexual and reproductive health challenges faced by youth.

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Youth Enterprise Model: Uganda

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Empowering, educating and employing adolescents and youth is a precondition for harnessing the demographic dividend, unleashing the power of young people and paving the path to prosperity. This is what the Youth Enterprise Model (YEM) embodies.

By integrating sexual and reproductive health with formal and informal business and employment training, YEM presents great opportunities for Uganda’s young people. Here's how.

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What we do

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What do midwives do?

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Midwives are the main caregivers for pregnant women and their newborns. But they don't just deliver babies. Find out more about what they do and why their role is so critical for saving the lives of mothers and newborn babies.

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Young People in Burundi: Potential Fulfilled

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More than 2000 youth, aged 16-30 years old, visit Centre Jeunes Kamenge in Burundi every day. The centre runs learning, recreational and cultural activities that help develop young people's skills and promote peace and solidarity among them. With the support of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, and other partner organizations, it also provides HIV and sexual and reproductive health services in a youth-friendly environment.

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