Fifty years ago, it was hard for women to obtain contraception and relatively easy to die giving birth. Many women were unable to decide whom and when to marry, and when or whether to have children. A worldwide movement to give women real choices in life culminated in the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), where a consensus was reached about the links between women’s empowerment, sex...
Swedish Ambassador Hans Henric Lundquist and UNFPA Country Representative Dr. Mary Otieno seal a new cooperation for the new UNFPA Country Programme in South Sudan. ©Mandela Nelson Denis
Juba, South Sudan – UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, and the Government of Sweden today signed an agreement worth 120 million Swedish Krona (approximately USD 13 million) to boost sexual and reproductive health programmes in the country. The contribution will support the implementation of UNFPA’s 3rd Country Programme for South Sudan over a period of three years (2019-2021), which seeks to improve access t...
Juba, South Sudan – When Poni Helen found out she was pregnant at 16 years old, she was confused and had no idea where the situation would lead. She only had one thing in mind and she was certain of it – she wanted to continue her studies. At a youth event organized by UNFPA to raise awareness on child marriage, Ms. Poni spoke to an audience of teen girls and boys to share with them her story. Ms. Poni is now 23, st...


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