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    • When supported and empowered, young people can change the world. “I want to help Uganda,” says Edith Nambalirwa, a peer educator. “If I cannot do it with money, let me do it with knowledge.” © UNFPA ESARO/Corrie Butler
    • Angie wants other young people to learn about their health and bodies. © Paco Chuquiure
    • After learning about sexual and reproductive health, Takhona is educating her community. © UNFPA Eswatini
    • Family planning enabled Elizabeth Balang to go back to school. ©UNFPA South Sudan/Arlene Alano
    • Shaina has seen the consequences of teen pregnancy: “Some stop pursuing their education and their job opportunities diminish.
    • Sangita has stopped more than a dozen child marriages. © UNFPA Nepal/Dhana Bahadur Lamsal
    • Matovu runs his own business, and he is learning new skills through a vocational workshop. © UNFPA ESARO/Corrie Butler
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Helping young people take charge of their bodies, their lives, our world

UNFPA is launching “My Body, My Life, My World,” a strategy that aims to help empower young people to make their own choices and determine their own futures

Every year on 12 August, leaders around the world commemorate International Youth Day. On this day, powerful figures have praised the contributions of young people. They have called for more decision-making opportunities for youth. Then they have continued to run the show. But youth are ready for more. There are…

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    • To achieve zero preventable maternal deaths in 76 high-burden countries, annual spending would need to rise to $7.8 billion by 2030. © UNFPA Jordan
    • Ending child marriage makes economic sense, according to Prof. Bruce Rasmussen. © UNFPA Zambia/Helene Christensen
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Want to end preventable maternal deaths? Spend (at least) six times more by 2030

More investment in maternal health would also make easily preventable and treatable conditions that arise from complications in childbirth – such as obstetric fistula – extremely rare

How much would it cost to achieve a world where no woman dies from pregnancy-related causes, lacks access to modern family planning, or is subject to harmful practices such as female genital mutilation (FGM) or child marriage – all in about 10 years? New preliminary figures compiled by researchers from UNFPA and Johns Hopkins University,…

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A graduate at 47, new midwife triumphs over life’s trials (by Arlene Alano)

South Sudan has increased its number of qualified midwives from fewer than 10 in 2008 to 879 today

At age 47, Angelina Akongo was the oldest of 73 midwifery and nursing students from Juba and Kajo Keji to graduate this year – and she feels like a brand new person. “I am a better person now,” she said. Her success offers a clear lesson to those in her…

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Tackle root causes of migration to protect refugees and displaced people from leaving their homes

UNFPA strongly believes that durable solutions to forced displacement should include women and adolescent girls’ empowerment

“African countries have a long record of keeping their borders, doors and hearts open to refugees and internally displaced people – an example not followed by everyone in the world,” said António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations. "The best way to protect refugees and displaced people is to prevent…

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    • More than 200 million of women and adolescent girls are not using modern contraceptives even though they want to avoid pregnancy, the 52nd Commission on Population and Development heard today. In Thailand, a UNFPA-supported emergency shelter for pregnant teens. © UNFPA/Ruth Carr
    • UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador Ashley Judd delivered the keynote address:
    • Ulla Tørnæs, the Minister for Development Cooperation of Denmark, announced her Government's -sponsorship of the Nairobi Summit in November. Image from UNTV
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Declaration affirms global support for reproductive health and rights

The Nairobi Summit on ICPD25 will seek additional commitments from governments, organizations, advocates and others, to accelerate efforts to realize these goals

Ministers and representatives of Governments unanimously adopted a political declaration today reaffirming support for the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), which established that that reproductive health, individual rights and women’s empowerment are critical to achieving sustainable development. The declaration  comes on the 25th anniversary of…

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    • Women and girls are receiving dignity kits, which contain essential hygiene supplies as well as safety whistles. © UNFPA Mozambique/Vidal Mahundla
    • Tina Patissone with her husband and their newborn daughter, Joana Antonio. © UNFPA Mozambique
    • Widespread floods have affected access to services due to damaged health facilities and roads. © UNFPA Malawi
    • Reproductive health kits being readied for distribution. © UNFPA Malawi/Leticia Nangwale
    • A dignity kit distribution in Mozambique. © UNFPA Mozambique/Vidal Mahundla
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Catastrophic Cyclone Idai leaves pregnant women vulnerable in three countries

Flash floods and landslides have washed away homes, health facilities, bridges and schools, flooding whole communities

Eleven days ago, Tropical Cyclone Idai made landfall in Mozambique then crossed into Zimbabwe, leaving a wide path of destruction across Eastern Africa. By the time the storm struck, communities throughout Malawi and Mozambique were already reeling from days of fatal downpours and flooding. Humanitarian partners are describing the damage as “massive and horrifying.” Hundreds are…

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The visit of UNFPA Regional Director Mabingue Ngom in Cameroon

Two working sessions will be held to strengthen the strategic lines of partnership between Cameroon and UNFPA

The Regional Director for West and Central Africa of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Mr. Mabingue Ngom, conducts a working visit to Cameroon from 25 to 28 March 2019. The visit is organized in the framework of UNFPA regional activities planning meeting, which is being held in Yaoundé. To this…

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    • Fatmata Sesay reenrolled in school after becoming pregnant at age 15. © UNFPA Sierra Leone/Salim Kamara
    • “Seeing my peers attending school every morning was a bitter pill for me to swallow,” Fatmata said. © UNFPA Sierra Leone/Salim Kamara
    • Fatmata has returned to her parents' home and her life has become more stable. © UNFPA Sierra Leone/Salim Kamara
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A guiding hand: School counsellors in Sierra Leone address early pregnancy, child marriage

In Sierra Leone, 28 per cent of adolescent girls between ages 15 and 19 are pregnant or already mothers, according to a 2013 survey

Fatmata Sesay was 15 years old when she became pregnant. Her parents forced her to move in with her boyfriend, who was neither in school nor employed. Moving in with him felt like an underage marriage, she says. To make matters even more difficult, childcare responsibilities meant Fatmata was unable…

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    • In this Islamic study group, older women bring up questions that younger women are too embarrassed to raise. © UNFPA WCARO/Habibou Dia
    • Malama Ouani preaches about the importance of women's health and rights. © UNFPA WCARO/Habibou Dia
    • Women discuss sexual and reproductive health at an Islamic study session. © UNFPA WCARO/Habibou Dia
    • Dr. Zalha Assoumana, centre, says she has seen women embrace the lessons about women's rights. © UNFPA WCARO/Habibou Dia
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Female Islamic preachers call for women’s rights, contraception in Niger

Contraception could help save lives, enabling women to avoid or delay pregnancy and allowing their bodies to recover between births

The preacher Malama Ouani may seem like an unlikely advocate of sexual and reproductive health and rights. She teaches women about Islam and family welfare during study groups, known as “madrassas,” in her conservative community in southern Niger. But her lessons explore aspects of family that are seldom discussed in…

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The Nairobi Summit on International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD25): Accelerating the promise, 13 November 2019 - 15 November 2019

UNFPA and the Government of Kenya are convening a high-level conference to advance the implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action

The ground breaking International Conference on Population and Development sparked a revolution in women's reproductive health and rights. Twenty-five years later, the goals of this movement have not yet been reached. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the ground breaking International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), which took place in Cairo…