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11 October 2016

Statement of UNFPA Executive Director, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, on the International Day of the Girl Child,

Making Girls Count in the Sustainable Development Goals Era “Is anyone out there even thinking of improving our lives?” asks Susmita, a teenager from Odisha, India. Susmita has never gone to school. She tends the few animals her family owns and attends to household chores. Like more than one in three girls in her community, she

1 October 2016

Statement of the Executive Director on International Day of Older Persons

The Transformative Force of Population Ageing   Population ageing – one of the most significant trends of the 21st century – represents both a cause for celebration and a challenge. To ensure that everyone’s well-being is enhanced through this demographic shift, more efforts are needed to minimize lifelong inequalities and

28 August 2016

Ratlou Local Municipality Girls’ Assembly to look into averting Teen Pregnancies

On a bright Sunday morning on the 28 August 2016 the Deputy Minister of Social Development, Honourable Hendrietta Bogopane- Zulu, convened a girl’s assembly in the rural Mareetsane village of the North West, with 1800 girls below the age of 18 (who are  who are mothers or pregnant both in and out of school). The aim of the

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