‘We were judgmental of young people’

Malawi – “I thought family planning was for married people, not for girls. We were not friendly to young people. We were judgmental,” says Blessings Sonkhanani, a nurse at Namwera Health Center. “Now I know that anyone of childbearing age is eligible for family planning. Now we know what young people need, we’re special to […]

4 August 2015|News for Youth, News Stories|

Join UNGEI Youth Consultation: Let your voice be heard!

Do you care about girls’ education?

To strengthen our impact, UN Girls’ Education Initiative wants to involve young people in its work in an active and meaningful way. As part of this work, UNGEI is holding an online consultation with youth. Your views will help influence UNGEI’s strategy for involving youth better around the world.

Help shape […]

30 July 2015|Opportunities for Youth|

At UN annual Commission on the Status of Women, younger generation of gender equality activists say they are ready to play active role

Youth delegates such as Momal Mushtaq, a self-described “feminist” from Pakistan who was banned from riding a bicycle back home, and Tunisian women’s advocate Aya Chebbi, who declared that her “bold” generation was already today’s leaders, engaged in a lively dialogue with their senior counterparts on the side lines of the annual Commission on the […]

17 March 2015|News for Youth, News Stories|

Young women and girls empowerment a focus of the upcoming side-event organised by the Office of the Envoy on Youth and UN Women

28 January 2014|News for Youth, Opportunities for Youth|

World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts and UN Women launch “Voices Against Violence” curriculum to educate and empower youth

18 October 2013|News for Youth, News Stories|

Building the leaders of tomorrow: preparing young women in Latin America and the Caribbean

“For us, taking part in the ‘Young Women, Leadership and Governance’ Regional Forum is key. Being here means sharing our experiences of work and our agendas, which are no different from those of other women throughout the world,” says Tania Pariona, a 27-year-old indigenous activist from Peru and member of the Continental Network of Indigenous […]

4 September 2013|News for Youth, News Stories|

UN Women supported survey in Delhi shows 95 per cent of women and girls feel unsafe in public spaces

“I have started carrying pepper spray to protect myself. My parents have become more protective, they want to know where I’m going, when I’ll be back and with whom I’m hanging out,” says Srishti, a 20-year-old Delhi student who feels unsafe when she steps out of her house.

“I have started carrying pepper spray to protect […]

3 September 2013|News for Youth, News Stories|

New law in Kyrgyzstan toughens penalties for bride kidnapping

The practice of bride kidnapping is widespread in Kyrgyzstan and is still considered by some as a valuable tradition.

“According to these ‘traditions’, when a Kyrgyz man wants to get married, he picks a bride and starts to arrange her kidnapping. This is a grave violation of human rights. Women often experience physical violence and rape.

They […]

1 September 2013|News for Youth, News Stories|

Child Marriages: 39,000 Every Day – More than 140 million girls will marry between 2011 and 2020

Joint press release by UNFPA, UNICEF, WHO, UN Women, the United Nations Foundation, World Vision, Girls Not Brides, Every Woman Every Child, World YWCA and The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health.

NEW YORK, 7 March 2013 – Between 2011 and 2020, more than 140 million girls will become child brides, according to United Nations […]

1 September 2013|News for Youth, News Stories|

Men in the kitchen: cooking up change in Mozambique

“Once we’re in the kitchen, cooking as we know it, we learn a lot. … I didn’t used to be comfortable. … I would return from work hungry but just because [my partner] was not home, I couldn’t eat,” admits Augusto Magaia, a 25-year-old man who lives in the suburbs of Maputo, the capital of […]

1 September 2013|News for Youth, News Stories|