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17 September 2021

South Sudan government pledges funding for ICPD commitments on sexual and reproductive health

JUBA, South Sudan—To make a difference in the lives of youth, government funding and multi-sectoral action are required to implement the nation’s commitments to sexual and reproductive health, said... Read more

16 September 2021

Survival strategies put the lives and rights of women and girls in Madagascar’s drought-hit Grand Sud at risk

Opinion editorial by Dr. Bannet Ndyanabangi, Regional Director a.i., UNFPA East and Southern Africa The South of Madagascar, known as the Grand Sud, faces its most acute drought in 40 years amid... Read more

15 September 2021

Drugged and raped at a party, 17-year-old Joséphine discovers she is pregnant

KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of the Congo—“I woke up at around 10 p.m. in one of the rooms where the party was [being held]. My body ached and I felt dizzy. I noticed that my underwear was next to... Read more

13 September 2021
Press Release

UN launches new portal on data and evidence on sustainable development for Africa

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia—Measuring and evaluating progress on the Sustainable Development Goals in Africa became much easier as a group of regional UN entities launched the first online data portal that... Read more

7 September 2021

Supporting vulnerable adolescent girls and young women is a collective effort

By Dr. Agathe Lawson, Representative UNFPA South Africa, and Christine Muhigana, Representative, UNICEF South Africa  Walking home from school in a village outside Mthatha in the Eastern Cape, 15-... Read more

3 September 2021

Creating a brighter future for women, girls and youth in the midst of a humanitarian crisis

MAPUTO, Mozambique—Almost three quarters of a million people had been displaced internally in the northern provinces of Mozambique by April this year, due to violence or environmental disasters, ... Read more

1 September 2021

Ensuring everyone counts in the world's youngest nation, South Sudan

NYAKURON, Juba, South Sudan—On a hot summer’s day, sweat trickled down Malish John Clement’s face. Despite the discomfort he was determined to complete his task of visiting as many households as he... Read more

25 August 2021

Five ways climate change hurts women and girls

UNITED NATIONS, New York – In a year that has seen a global onslaught of catastrophic heat waves, wildfires, floods and drought, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s latest assessment... Read more

23 August 2021

Because everyone counts: marching to the drumbeat of universal rights and choices for all

Blog by Dr. Julitta Onabanjo, outgoing Regional Director for East and Southern Africa In South Africa, a proverb that reverberates among the wise goes, “You cannot beat a drum with one finger.” The... Read more

13 August 2021

Conflict, Climate and COVID: Tackling humanitarian crises on multiple fronts

Blog by Dr. Julitta Onabanjo, Regional Director As the fighting intensified, Hiwot fled. The heavily pregnant Hiwot had escaped from her neighbourhood in Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region alongside... Read more