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5 July 2022
Press Release
A girl carrying a baby walks down a path.

UNFPA research reveals that nearly a third of all women in developing countries become mothers during adolescence 

Nearly a third of all women in developing countries begin childbearing at 19 and younger, and nearly half of first births to adolescents are to... Read more

1 July 2022
A midwife with a pregnant woman.

Strategizing to accelerate the reduction of maternal mortality in Africa

In 2017, an estimated 303,000 maternal deaths were recorded globally and of these, Africa accounted for 66 per cent. To address the high number of... Read more

30 June 2022
Uganda HIV

HIV-positive teen mum inspires her peers by sharing her life experiences as a peer educator

Young people find it easy to talk to 20-year-old Rebecca. Not only is she confident, warm and knowledgeable, particularly about sexual and... Read more

30 June 2022
GBV training

Successful Training on Essential Services for Women and Girls Subject to Violence

In  June 2022, UNFPA in collaboration with UNAIDS, UNICEF, WHO, UNDP, UNODC, and UN Women concluded a 3-week virtual workshop on the United Nations... Read more

29 June 2022
Press Release

Neglected crisis of unintended pregnancies has lifelong impact, costs health systems billions

Nearly half of all pregnancies, totalling 121 million worldwide each year, are unintended, explains the State of World Population 2022 report,... Read more

22 June 2022
Lusita and her friends attend a class at Katewe Community Day Secondary School in Katewe, near Dedza.

Bursaries keep girls in school, to avoid child marriage and early pregnancy

For three years, Lusita Maikolo had been in and out of school. Her parents could not always afford to pay her school fees, and this led to her being... Read more

17 June 2022
Christella, 17, a gang rape survivor in conflict-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo, receives psycho-social counselling, with

International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict

When wars begin, so does the terror and devastation of sexual violence. The bodies of women and girls become battlefields. Rape is used as a weapon... Read more

14 June 2022
Press Release
© Emma Theofelus

Pioneering 25-year-old parliamentarian from Namibia and National Population and Family Planning Board in Indonesia win 2022 UN Population Award

Announced in a virtual ceremony today, the 2022 United Nations Population Award individual laureate is Member of Parliament of the Republic of... Read more

13 June 2022
Bastina and her Rapariga Biz mentor.

Equal rights for persons with albinism: “The blood that runs in our veins is the same”

When she was younger, Bastina Agostinho’s mother abandoned her because she has albinism, a rare and genetically inherited condition present from... Read more

9 June 2022
A young woman at Meserete IDP site, Mekele, Tigray. Girls are more vulnerable to developing an obstetric fistula during childbir

Fistula cases soar due to conflict in Tigray, says fistula centre medical director

“When Birchiko came to the centre, she weighed 32kg. She was severely malnourished,” says Dr. Melaku Abreha, Medical Director at the Hamlin Fistula... Read more