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17 September 2020
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Youth and COVID-19 Diaries: New hobbies have helped me view the lockdown positively

Zimbabwe: 24-year-old Sharon Stella Musonza Date of Diary: 27 August 2020 The first three months were hard for me as I had no idea how to navigate my way through a life of being alone. The situation... Read more

15 September 2020
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Youth and COVID-19 Diaries: Young people are too impatient to stay in lines all day

Gaborone, Botswana: 23-year-old Trevor Oahile’s lockdown diary Life under lockdown is very challenging, as we are all trying to adapt to new ways of doing things. As a university student, the... Read more

11 September 2020
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We shouldn’t be made to feel ashamed of menstruation, a normal and essential process

SELOKOLELA, Botswana—Kenathata Moisakamo was too ashamed to tell her parents that she had started menstruating because of her peers’ stories that periods indicate when a girl becomes sexually active... Read more

7 September 2020
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Defy the Practice! Take a stand today to help end child marriage and FGM

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa—“We have the power to defy the forces that perpetuate harm and to realize a world where every woman and girl is free to chart her own future,” said Napo Masheane, cultural... Read more

4 September 2020
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Youth and COVID-19 Diaries: I'm missing social interaction

Gabane, Botswana: 19-year-old Tshepang Malope's Story Date of Diary session: 16 April 2020 Today is day 15 and I am locked down with my family – my grandparents, mother, siblings and aunts. My... Read more

25 August 2020
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Youth and COVID-19 Diaries: Prices for pads have skyrocketed over the past five months

Zimbabwe: 33-year-old Marvellous Fungurani Date of Diary session: 20 August, 2020 Access to potable water is the major problem; and being a woman, this poses a threat to my dignity and my femininity... Read more

25 August 2020
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Rufaro Chakanetsa (28) Zimbabwe

Youth and COVID-19 Diaries: I have opted for celibacy

Zimbabwe: 28-year-old Rufaro Chakanetsa Date of Diary session: 19 August 2020 The first thing I’ll do when all this is over is, wear bright lipstick without having to wear a mask. It is expensive to... Read more

21 August 2020
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Youth and COVID-19 Diaries: Really missing church

  Zambia: 26-year-old Laika Lizimu's Story Date of diary session: 7 May 2020  “The good thing is that we are free to access sexual and reproductive health products and services, including condoms.”... Read more

19 August 2020
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How humanitarian crises like drought in Namibia increase girls’ vulnerability to unplanned pregnancy

GOBABIS, Namibia—Life has not been kind to Julien Konjak, 17. Since she gave birth at the age of 16, the negative response of her friends and community has been depressing for her. Her situation has... Read more

19 August 2020
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Saving lives has never been more harrowing

Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem on World Humanitarian Day Last year saw attacks against aid workers surpass all previous records, with hundreds of humanitarian workers... Read more

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