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18 October 2021
Press Release

Renewed Call to Protect Girls’ Rights and End Child Marriage in East and Southern Africa

PRESS RELEASE When girls are forced to drop out of school because they get married, often well before their 18th birthday and seldom as a choice, it perpetuates a lifetime of poverty and the denial... Read more

14 October 2021
Malawi 2gether 4 SRHR

Supporting HIV-positive teen mothers to deliver HIV-free babies in Malawi

Awema Chimenya is a brave, resilient woman. She has been a mentor mother since 2019, helping other HIV-positive women deliver healthy HIV negative babies, just like she did. As a mentor mother, she... Read more

14 October 2021

We are the generation that can end child marriage

Blog by Dr. Bannet Ndyanabangi, Regional Director a.i.  From resisting violence against women and girls, to advocating for climate action, to asserting the rights of a girl and a woman to decide what... Read more

13 October 2021

Faith leaders fight child marriage in Zanzibar

STONE TOWN, Zanzibar, Tanzania – Sheikh Is-haka Vuai leads a group of imams in openly opposing child marriage in his community. It is not an easy role, he says. “About six of my madrassa students... Read more

10 October 2021

Celebrating girls in the digital generation

Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem International Day of the Girl 11 October     Girls are born with power. Every girl has within her possibilities that should flourish as she... Read more

8 October 2021
Press Release

Calling on youth to lead innovation to end female genital mutilation in Africa

PRESS RELEASE  JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, 8 October 2021 – UNFPA, the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency, and the global UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on the Elimination of Female... Read more

7 October 2021
Press Release

Child marriage remains an urgent problem in East and Southern Africa

PRESS RELEASE   Every year, 12 million girls around the world get married, adding to an estimated 650 million child brides, and in East and Southern Africa, 31 per cent of girls are married as... Read more

5 October 2021
Press Release

Madagascar President champions family planning as a lever for development

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar, 28 September 2021—The President of the Republic of Madagascar, Andry Rajoelina, was appointed as champion of family planning in Madagascar, and signed Madagascar's... Read more

30 September 2021

The imperative of climate adaption for Africa: building resilience across societies in an inclusive manner

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa—Empowered women and girls have the capacity to build resilient communities using local solutions to climate change to safeguard lives and ensure a sustainable future for... Read more

28 September 2021

With emergency funding for family planning, a glimmer of hope amid crisis

MTENDERE, Zambia – As a high school student, Christabel Mwewa had always been ambitious and sociable. She loved to learn, particularly history, and had an affinity for making friends. Everything... Read more