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22 March 2022
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Stela Varela, 28, is an activist for the Youth Support Centre, which is sponsored by the Safeguard Young People (SYP) programme

Tackling one of the world's highest teenage pregnancy rates, to give girls a better future

MITCHA NEIGHBORHOOD, Lubango, Angola – “I have had doors closed in my face many times, but my desire to bring knowledge to young people and adolescents in order to avoid unwanted pregnancy has no end... Read more

15 March 2022
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Girls empowered to tackle period stigma and harmful practices at youth-friendly safe spaces

GAMBELLA, Ethiopia - “When I joined the Safe Spaces programme, I didn’t know what was happening to my body. It was the first time I heard about menstruation and how to manage it in a safe, healthy... Read more

15 March 2022
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Accelerated efforts by Spotlight Initiative to end gender-based violence in Africa

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, 15 March 2022 – COVID-19 has delayed efforts to end gender-based violence in Africa and these must now be accelerated in response, the Spotlight Initiative Africa Regional... Read more

8 March 2022
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Women and youth take climate action in Malawi

NKHATA BAY, Malawi – Had village elders not intervened in stopping her parents from marrying her off at 13, Catherine Mkandawire would have become another statistic. Malawi has one of the highest... Read more

7 March 2022
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Women and girls pay a heavy price during conflicts and emergencies

Statement by Dr. Natalia Kanem on International Women’s Day   More than 1.7 million people, mostly women and children, have now fled from their homes in Ukraine to neighbouring countries. For them,... Read more

1 March 2022
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Docuseries What Makes a Man challenges viewers to end culture of gender-based violence

Partnership of UNFPA, MTV Staying Alive Foundation and Meta The documentary, What Makes a Man, by MTV Shuga in collaboration with UNFPA, the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency, and... Read more

1 March 2022
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The promotion of positive masculinities can help unlock much-needed progress on the Sustainable Development Goals across Africa

Promoting positive masculinities for centering an inclusive COVID-19 recovery

UN Women and UNFPA regional offices in East and Southern Africa are collaborating toward growing a movement for positive masculinity and meaningful engagement of men and boys in advancing gender... Read more

24 February 2022
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How Zambia has reduced maternal deaths by 300 per cent in 16 years

MONGU, Western Province, Zambia—“Growing up in a remote village, I witnessed my grandmother, a traditional birth attendant, assisting women and girls to deliver babies. She would perform these... Read more

17 February 2022
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Pregnant women’s needs grow as Tropical Storm Ana wreaks havoc in southern Malawi

NSANJE DISTRICT, Malawi – “The prospect of another cyclone was scary,” said Monica, who lives in Mbenje in Malawi’s Nsanje District. “We lived through the same experience with Cyclone Idai and then... Read more

16 February 2022
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Konso’s conflict: maternal and reproductive health care on the edge of collapse

KONSO, Ethiopia—“I was discharged from the health facility after a stillbirth, without any medication or treatment. I have been bleeding ever since,” says Asnaketch, 25, from her tent in Haylota... Read more

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