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18 June 2020
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At risk of rape outside and violence in South Sudan POC camp – will women and girls ever be safe?

BENTIU, South Sudan—Staying at home may be the safest way to avoid infection with the coronavirus, but for women and girls in Bentiu, South Sudan, it means greater vulnerability to gender-based... Read more

16 June 2020
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A school's desperate fight to prevent teen pregnancies and keep girls in school in Malawi

LILONGWE, Malawi—Four years ago, the headmaster at Chapita Primary School in Salima considered an enormous challenge that lay ahead of him. Each term, girls would drop out of school due to falling... Read more

15 June 2020
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Bending the Arc of History Towards Justice

Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem on the Fight Against Systemic Racism and Discrimination We are living through turbulent, trying times. This is a moment of suffering for many... Read more

15 June 2020
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COVID-19 jeopardises progress made towards protecting women and girls from violence and harmful practices

Opinion editorial by Justine Coulson (UNFPA), Roberta Clarke (UN Women) and Mohamed M. Fall (UNICEF)   Statement to mark International Day of the African Child   The passing of laws to end child... Read more

15 June 2020
Statement

On the Black Lives Matter Protests and other Mass Demonstrations against Systemic Racism and Police Brutality

Joint reflections by United Nations Senior African Officials (*) A desperate yearning for a long-departed mother. Reaching deep from the bowels of fragile humanity. Grasping for breath. Begging for... Read more

10 June 2020
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Youth and COVID-19 Diaries: Poetry Slammer missing the stage and her audiences

  BURUNDI: 24-year-old Irakoze Jeanne Date of Diary session: 8 May 2020  “Fight to achieve your dreams because no matter how long COVID-19 lasts, the situation will be normal one day”. Irakoze... Read more

9 June 2020
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Youth and COVID-19 Diaries: Tutoring brother, nursing granma and learning a new language

  Zimbabwe: 28-year-old Sharon Fadzai Muchena's Story Date of diary session: 8 May 2020  “My main worry right now is whether my sanitary [products] will take me through to the end of lockdown.”... Read more

8 June 2020
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Act now to end period poverty for frontline health-care workers fighting COVID-19

GULU DISTRICT, Uganda—It was while looking after patients at the health centre where she works that Joyce Achan realised her dress was stained with menstrual blood – and there was nothing she could... Read more

5 June 2020
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Youth and COVID-19 Diaries: Young, HIV positive and on lockdown alone

  Zimbabwe: 23-year-old Luckmore Pamhidzai’s Story   Date of diary session: 8 May 2020 “I lost my appetite, lost weight and I started sleeping abnormal hours because I was really stressed.” We are... Read more

5 June 2020
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Youth and COVID-19 Diaries: Under lockdown with family and getting to know them better

  ZAMBIA: 25-year-old Kondelwani Kamanga’s Story Date of diary session: 8 May 2020 “I keep myself busy and informed by doing free online courses on COVID-19” The situation is not that bad in my... Read more

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