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September 2020 Update

BOTSWANA

Karabo Bosena’s tale of giving birth during a world pandemic 


The experience of pregnancy and childbirth comes with a mixture of anticipation, excitement and anxiety. For first-time moms, it also comes with fear. Fear of the unknown, of what it will be like to give birth and ultimately, be a parent.
COMOROS

La FCAS s'investit dans la lutte contre les violences faites aux femmes


Fakridine Ben Mohamed fait partie des 25 membres de la FCAS ayant bénéficié de la formation organisée par la FCAS en partenariat avec l'UNFPA sur la violence basée sur le genre et ne cache pas sa satisfaction aux connaissances acquises.
DRC

UNFPA vient en aide aux populations retournées et déplacées au Kasaï


C’est à Kamonia que le Vice-gouverneur de la province du Kasaï Mr Gaston Nkole Tshimuanga a réceptionné des mains de UNFPA, les kits de santé de reproduction et de dignité en faveur de retournées, déplacées internes et population hôte de 4 Aires de Santé de la zone de santé de Kamonia.
ESWATINI

Eswatini Launches National Youth Policy 2020 


“Through selling clothes, I’m able to pay for my son’s school needs. I am also able to support my mother in buying food for the family. This pandemic has changed everything,” said 24-year-old Philile Mkhonta of Fairview, Manzini.
Prime Minister Engages Eswatini Youth in an Economic Recovery Symposium

When given the chance to meet the Prime Minister of Eswatini, 22-year-old Nonhlanhla Maziya from Siteki, in the Lubombo region, saw it as an opportunity for raising the concerns of young people with disabilities in Eswatini.
KENYA

Stemming the Surge in Taita Taveta


COVID-19 restrictions, urging people to stay at home and closing schools, have been used by cutters to carry out the retrogressive practice of female genital mutilation in homes. 
MADAGASCAR

A peine 14 ans, mes parents m’ont obligée à me marier

Je m’appelle Soazy, j’ai 18 ans et j’ai deux enfants de 3ans et d’un an. J’ai été mariée par le mariage traditionnel à peine avoir vécu ma jeunesse », raconte Soazy, une très jeune maman qui a déjà beaucoup vécu malgré sa jeunesse.
Il m’avait attachée sur le lit, et il m’a violée. La douleur était atroce » Brisons le silence!

Une matinée ordinaire du mois de Juin dans le Sud de Madagascar, le Centre d’Écoute et de Conseils Juridiques de Sakaraha avait reçu une dénonciation d’un cas de viol commis par le patron d’une jeune fille de 16 ans. 
MALAWI

Ensuring family planning access during the COVID-19 pandemic


In January, as the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the world, Malawi clung to the hope that the deadly disease would stay outside its borders. But that came crumbling down when the country recorded its first case at the beginning of April.
Preventing unintended pregnancies during COVID-19 crisis

Thokozani Blamu from Lundu village in Nsanje got pregnant at the age of 17. As per local customs, she had to get married to the boy responsible for the pregnancy. During the early days of the marriage, all seemed rosy.
MOZAMBIQUE

Taking matters into their own hands: women work together to generate an income after Cyclone Idai


Dondo district was one of the areas worst affected by Cyclone Idai in 2019, as strong winds tore houses apart and destroyed crops. Many women who were dependent on their subsistence farms for food and as a source of income were left with little-to-no means of providing for their families.
The Impact of Geo-Referenced Maps and Why They’re Vital for Social Services

My work changed in 2020, when, according to the government’s new five-year plan, the planning and implementation of development activities would be decentralized to the local level. This meant that my team, as the local district administration, had to identify where health posts, schools and water points had to be constructed. 
 
NAMIBIA

Born with HIV: A teenager coming to terms with her status in a time of COVID-19


While the world is battling the COVID-19 pandemic, Secilia Jacob, 18, is fighting her own battle with a different virus. She is learning to come to terms with her HIV status. 
Protecting Youth Centres

In a handover ceremony of COVID-19 personal protective equipment to the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service, UNFPA and the Embassy of Switzerland in South Africa presented items to the value of N$ 94,347.
RWANDA

Contraception is a human right - it is your choice!


Women have a fundamental right to decide if and when to have children, yet more than 222 million worldwide are unable to access modern contraception when they need it.
SOUTH AFRICA

Mobile health units take integrated sexual and reproductive health and HIV information and services to marginalized communities 


UNFPA and partners took a package of integrated sexual and reproductive health and HIV information and services to marginalized communities through the Pink Drive, an organization active in the gender-related cancer sector.
SOUTH SUDAN

Canada announces more funds for midwifery, GBV services in South Sudan during pandemic


The Government of Canada announced an additional 4.2 million Canadian dollars contribution to UNFPA in South Sudan to boost midwifery services and support the response to gender-based violence, as the country deals with a chronic humanitarian crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic.
TANZANIA

UNFPA partners with UN Women and Korea to advance gender equality in Tanzania


The three-year Joint UNFPA and UN Women Programme supported by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) was launched today in Ikungi District, Singida Region, Tanzania.
Looking back...moving forward

We first met Winifrida three years ago. She had just learned about adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights. In her own words, she didn’t like seeing girls becoming pregnant before they had even finished primary school.
UGANDA

UNFPA Ambulance support – saving expectant mothers' lives


At around 11am, 19-year-old Gloria Atyero developed lower abdominal pain. She suspected the pain could be related to her pregnancy and knew it was time to travel to the health centre to deliver her baby. 
Ministry of Gender launches mobile app to strengthen reporting of sexual violence and dissemination of reproductive health information 

The Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development and UNFPA Uganda have launched a mobile application, SafePal, to enable young people to report sexual violence and to promote communication and an exchange of information on sexual and reproductive health and rights and HIV.
ZIMBABWE

Helpline, a timely intervention for key populations during COVID-19


Mathias Sibanda, a young man, says the COVID-19 lockdown regulations and measures have greatly affected key populations from accessing essential sexual and reproductive health services. 
Q & A: Ministry of Women Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprises Development

In this Q&A with the Ministry of Women Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprises, – the Minister, Dr. Sithembiso Nyoni, outlines the government’s response to gender-based violence during the COVID-19 pandemic, under the EU-funded Spotlight Initiative programme. 

PUBLICATIONS

UNFPA Mozambique´s 2019 Annual Report - The Youth Dividend
2019 was an important year for UNFPA and partners as we commemorated the 25th anniversary of the landmark International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) held in Cairo in 1994. 
 

VIDEOS

Teen moms through the eyes of a 15-year-old
A short documentary on the plight of teenage pregnancies in informal settlments like Kibera. By Cheryl Chebet
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