4 Aug, 2015

‘We were judgmental of young people’

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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

17 Mar, 2015

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

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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

5 Mar, 2015

UN Envoy on Sexual Violence says eradicating sexual violence in Colombia requires investment in communities

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In eradicating sexual violence related to Colombia’s internal armed conflict, the main challenge now is translating resolve into tangible solutions in communities where the crime continues to occur, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on Sexual Violence said at the conclusion of her trip to the Latin American country. “There is a direct correlation

28 Jan, 2014

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

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The Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth and UN Women are proud to announce the upcoming panel discussion “Young Women and Girls: Leaders of Today, for a Better Tomorrow”, which will be hosted at UN headquarters on 13 February 2014. Out of a global youth population of 1.8 billion, approximately half are girls and […]

2 Sep, 2013

In Georgia, Vocational Training Equips Youth for Job Market

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Last year, 19-year-old Nino Narmania learnt she needed computer skills to do her favourite job—sewing and making clothes. Intrigued and excited by the project, she enrolled in a college-level professional tailoring programme in Poti, a provincial town in western Georgia. Together with 50 other young women, she was the first to reap the benefits of

31 Aug, 2013

Training Beninese Youth in Agribusiness

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Cybelle Agossou, the youngest of a family of six children, decided to enroll in a practical training course to become self-employed and help her parents. Today, at age 20, she manages a small soap-making business and employs four people. Cybelle took an 18-month training course at the SonghaiCenter in Porto-Novo, the political capital of Benin.