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17 August 2020
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Safeguard Young People programme celebrates youth leaders on International Youth Day 2020

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa—More than 30 young leaders from across the African continent shared the work they are doing in their communities and countries in line with this year's International Youth... Read more

12 August 2020
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Youth leading the way in COVID-19 solutions

Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem International Youth Day 12 August 2020    As we mark International Youth Day in the midst of a global pandemic, we witness how young people... Read more

11 August 2020
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Family arranged for me to marry my primary school teacher three times my age

ASMARA, Eritrea—Like many young people in Eritrea, Fatma Hamid’s dream was to complete her schooling, do her national service, and get a university degree. But her father had a very different vision... Read more

6 August 2020
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From despair to hope in the DRC: a teen mother’s inspiring journey

LUBUMBASHI, Democratic Republic of the Congo—One of 11 children, Ruth Kalenga’s father died when she was in her second year of high school. During this period, she fell pregnant. “We suffered with my... Read more

27 July 2020
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Child bride secures convictions for her mother and abusive 45-year-old husband, returns to school

MADAGASCAR—Narindra Solonjanahary*, 19, is not your average teenager. At the tender age of 15, her mother forced her to marry an already-married businessman three times her age. “She said it was to... Read more

24 July 2020
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Seeking justice for a young survivor of gender-based violence in Malawi

NTCHISI, Malawi—Elena Phiri* had high hopes that her daughter Brenda* would go to university, get a good job and pull the family out of poverty. Elena, a widowed mother of four, didn’t get to further... Read more

21 July 2020
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New innovative app enables family planning in Eswatini, even during the COVID-19 pandemic

MBABANE, Eswatini—Once a month, Nolwazi Myeni receives a message on her mobile phone notifying her that family planning services are available at clinics despite the pandemic-related lockdown. “I... Read more

9 July 2020
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Putting the brakes on COVID-19: safeguarding the health and rights of women and girls

UNITED NATIONS, New York – Officially, the COVID-19 pandemic has sickened 11 million people and left more than half a million dead. But the full toll of this catastrophe has been incalculably greater... Read more

9 July 2020
Statement

Peace in the home: safeguarding the health and rights of women and girls – even during COVID-19

Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem on World Population Day 11 July 2020 Peace in our world begins with peace in the home, as the United Nations Secretary-General stated in his... Read more

8 July 2020
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Boda boda drivers deliver contraceptives to the door during Uganda's COVID-19 lockdown

KAMPALA, Uganda—“I walk through the trading centre on my way home and as I go, I sing a song in Luganda (a local language) ‘SafeBoda SafeBoda, who needs a helmet?’ Or ‘For those who feel cold I have... Read more

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