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UGANDA: New Lease on Life for FGM Victims

The Monitor on 31 October reported on the August launch of gender-based violence shelters. The feature tells the story of survivors of FGM who are receiving rehabilitative services at the shelters.  Speaking at the launch of the safe house recently, UNFPA Country Director Esperance Fundira pledged to continue supporting girls who say no to FGM and forced marriages. She appealed to the district officials, NGOs, police and the local communities to join hands and fight against gender based violence. Read in English: The Monitor

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UGANDA: Teen Pregnancy Must Be Addressed

New Vision on 31 October published an op-ed on the need to address teenage pregnancy in Uganda. "Teenage pregnancy is a major contributor to Uganda’s grim maternal death statistics because about 50% of women who die as a result of labour, pregnancy and child birth are teenage girls. According to information from UNFPA, pregnancy-related complications are the leading cause of death for girls aged 15 to 19 years." Read in English: New Vision

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JORDAN: Study Highlights Imbalances In Supply, Demand for Technical Occupations in Labour Market

Multiple media outlets reported on 30 and 31 October on the launch of a study done by the Higher Population Council (HPC) and UNFPA Jordan under the patronage of HRH Princess Basma Bint Talal, a UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador. The study is entitled “ Expected Supply and Demand on Technical and Vocational Education and Training in Information and Telecommunication Technology Occupations in the Jordan Labor Market (2013-2015)."

According to the study, the demand for ICT experts will grow to 52.3 per cent during the coming two years, followed by skilled workers (25.5 per cent), semi skilled (8.8 per cent) and craftsmen (2.5 per cent). On the other hand, the growth rate of trained graduates in ICT jobs will remain at 11 per cent during the years in question, said the study, which also highlighted that the private sector lacked knowledge about the types of training offered by the Vocational Training Corporation (VTC), despite their need of skilled laborers. The study recommended adopting measures to regain the balance in this regard, coordinating between the VTC and community colleges and developing a comprehensive marketing plan to acquaint the public and private sectors with technical and vocational training programmes. Read in English and Arabic: Jordan Times, Al Rai, Petra News Agency, Petra News Agency, Petra News Agency, Petra News Agency, Addustour

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UGANDA: Teen Pregnancy Rate Third Largest in Africa

New Vision on 30 October published a feature story on teen pregnancy telling the story on one 15-year-old mother who  A feature on teenage pregnancy, telling the story of one 15 year old struggling after becoming a mother at such a young age. UNFPA's Esperance Fundira is quoted talking about the risk of early pregnancies. The article also talks about the link between poverty and early pregnancies and states that Uganda has the third largest teenage pregnancy rate in Africa.

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MACEDONIA: New Song Premiered

Multiple media outlets on 30 October reported on the launch of the new song "This is your time" featuring Toni Zen, Danny, Marakuja and Bobo to start the project "write your own story," an initiative of UNFPA and intended to raise awareness of early teenage pregnancy in the countries of Southeast Europe. The video was shown before Macedonian journalists in the bar "Evridej" and will be broadcast on regional TV music channels. The video was filmed at several locations in Serbia, Bulgaria and Macedonia. Dani Dimitrovska has been a regional ambassador of Y-Peer network for 7 years. “The subject is really complex and is dedicated to young teens. Worldwide more than 7 million girls become mothers before the age of 18. Two million of them are younger than 14 years. It is a fact that we must change and allow the teens to write their own story."  Read in Macedonian: PlusInfo, Portal, Republika, Radiomk, Radio Fortuna, Kurir, NetPress, PlusInfo, MKD, Skoje Info, Republika, Skopje Info, Crnobelo, Telegraf, Utrinski, Tocka

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GLOBAL: COVERAGE ON RELEASE OF STATE OF WORLD POPULATION 2013 REPORT

ALBANIA: Multiple media outlets reported on 30 October that more than 7 million girls every year give birth before age 18 years, as explained by the State of World Population 2013 Report. The report entitled ‘Motherhood in Childhood: Facing the challenge of adolescent pregnancy’ details that 9 out of every 10 pregnancies among girls under 18 years occur within marriage.With regard to Albania, 2011 data suggests that there has been a 70% decrease in births to teenagers. Furthermore, abortions among teenagers have also decreased – 5% of all abortions performed. Read in Albanian:  TVKlan, ATA, Alb Press, Gazeta Metropol, Info Albania, Lajmifundit, Albanian Screen, OraNews, Botasot, Zeriamerikes, Albanian Screen, Botasot, Evropaelire Watch in Albanian: Top Channel (Part 1), Top Channel (Part 2), Top Channel (Part 3), Panorama, YouTube, YouTube

ARMENIA: Multiple media outlets on 30 October reported on the launch of the SWOP report on adolescent pregnancy. Dr Babatunde Osotimehin, UNFPA Executive Director said ‘the reality is that pregnancy often has less to do with girls’ personal behaviour and more to do with the behaviour of their families, communities and governments” and suggests that adolescent pregnancy should not be seen only as the result of recklessness or a deliberate choice but rather that of an absence of choices, and of circumstances beyond a girl’s control. Read in English: Lragir Read in Armenian: A1.am, Aysor, Report AM, Blognews, Panorama, Lragir

BANGLADESH: The Daily Star on 30 October published an op-ed by UNFPA's Pornchai Suchitta who said, "A pregnancy can have immediate consequences for a girl’s health, education and income-earning potential. And it often alters the course of her entire life." Read in English: The Daily Star

BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA: Multiple media outlets on 31 October reported that the issue of ‘Motherhood in childhood” in Bosnia and Herzegovina, according to the 2011-2012 Multiple indicator cluster survey (MICS) issued recently,  states that the adolescent pregnancy rates are particularly high among Roma in the country. “Teenage pregnancy is a human rights issue. If a girl becomes pregnant, it is often because her rights were violated for example, because she was married illegally as a child, or she didn’t have access to modern contraceptives, or she was sexually exploited.  UNFPA is promoting a new comprehensive approach to tackle the challenge of adolescent pregnancy that doesn’t dwell on changing the behaviour of the girl, but rather on changing the actions of the society she lives in”, said Doina Bologa, UNFPA Country Director for BiH, Kosovo, FYROM, Serbia and added, “We need to step up efforts to create conditions which empower girls to avoid unwanted pregnancy. We can do this by making sure girls stay in school to get secondary education. By fostering a culture that views girls and boys as equal, by eradicating all forms of violence against girls and women and by integrating minorities excluded from mainstream society. Read in Bosnia: AlJazeera, Avaz, Klix, Vijesti, Tuzlanski

BOTSWANA: Daily News on 4 November reported that "UNFPA Representative Ms. Aisha Camara-Drammeh said the SWOP report was aimed at provoking a new way of thinking about and tackling adolescent pregnancy. Ms. Camara-Drammeh said the other aim is to encourage a shift away from interventions targeted at girls’ rights towards broad-based approaches that build girls’ human capital, protect the girls’ rights and empower them to make decisions." Read in English: Daily News

BRAZIL: Multiple media outlets on 30 October to 4 November reported on the launch of UNFPA's SWOP 2013 report. Read in Portuguese: Agencia Brasil, Jornal do Brasil, Ultimo Seguno, EM.com.br, Tribuna da Bahai, Jornal O Serrano, Rede Bom Dia, Diario do Litoral, Cidade Verde, Diario de Pernambuco, Correio do Estado, Terra Brasil, Portal R3, Boa Informacao, DM.com.brAprendiz, Estadao, Agencia Brasil, Exame, Epoca, O Globo, G1, Folha, Correio Braziliense, Saude, Noticias UOL, Noticias UOL, Noticias UOL, Noticias UOL, Noticias R7, Suacidade, BBC, Odia, Participatorio, Mulher, Yahoo, Correio 24 Horas, Atarde, Diario Online, Jornal de Brasilia, DGABC, Terra Noticias, Terra Noticias, Saude, EM.com.br, Hojeem Dia, Parana Online, Midiams, Envolverde, MSN, RFI, Google, Redesul, Sistema103, CBN Foz, Tvrsul, Radio 1079, Trilivre, AltaneiraFM, Radio Pontal, DW, Gazeta do Povo, Jornal de Londrina, Aracatuba News, Cruzeiro do Sul, Camacari Noticias, TN Online, Ovale, Istoepiaui, Boa Informacao, Diario do Sudoeste, Jornal a Cididade, A Tribuna News, Condominiodeideias, EFE, Swiss Info, Jornal Floripa, Opovo, Opovo, Gazeta Web, Folha Daregiao, Paraiba, Click Sergipe, Gazeta de Joinville, Folha Doms, Diario do Litoral , Click PB, Jornal de Beltrao, News 360, Cearahoje, Diario do Vale, Bonde, Boa Informacao, Tribuna da Bahia, Cenariomt, Diario de Pernambuco, Painel Politico, Jornal a Gazeta, Correio do Brasil, Jornal do Tocantins, Issoe Noticia, Portal Piauiense de Noticias, Midiamax, Diario de Guarapuava, Bananeiras Online, Opiniaoe Noticia, Ambiente Brasil, Max Press, Max Press, JC Net, Criancasatortoeadireitos, Portal Africas, Noticianua, Iguatu, Olhardireto, Info Noticias Defnet, Noticias Bol, Midiacon, Tribuna de Minas, Miseria, Guara Noticias, Arenapolis News, JCMatao, Nortao Noticias, Visaocidade, Legal Zona, Buscassa, Portal Raj, Paranhana Net, Reporter Diario, Ucho, Ultimos Fatos, Jornal Dia Dia, Radialistapaulosilva, RCO, Pagina3, Gaz, News da Terra, Folhape, Ufjf, Partono Brasil, Noticias BR, Sul21, Correio de Alagoas, Ubata Noticias, Bahia Noticias, Midia News, Coletivo, A Tribuna, Portal AZ Watch and listen in Portuguese: Globo News- Geneva, Globo News- New York, Globo TV, G1, UN Radio, Douradosagora

CANADA: CBC News on 30 October reported on the launch of the 2013 SWOP report focused on teen pregnancy. "The reality is that adolescent pregnancy is most often not the result of a deliberate choice, but rather the absence of choices, and of circumstances beyond a girl's control...it is a consequence of little or no access to school, employment, quality information and health care" said UNFPA's Executive Director Babatunde  Osotimehin. Read in English: CBC News

CUBA: Multiple media outlets from 31 October to 3 November reported on the impacts of adolescent pregnancy on development. UNFPA's 2013 SWOP report was quoted throughout. Read in Spanish: Juventud Rebelde, Prensa Latina, Tribuna de La Habana, Cubahora, Trabajadores

DENMARK: Kristelig Dagblad on 31 October launched an article on teenage mothers in relation to the 2013 SWOP report launch. More than 20,000 girls below the age of 18 in development countries give birth each day, this accumulates to 7.3 million teenage mothers on a yearly basis. This is often a result of poverty and lack of education. “One child that becomes a mother against her will, is one too many” says UNFPA’s Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin. Read in Danish: Kristeligt Dagblad

U-landsnyt.dk on 30 October published an article on the SWOP 2013 report launch. 95% of the 7.3 million girls that become pregnant before the age of 18 live in developing countries. This year’s SWOP report reaffirms that most of these pregnancies are not due to conscious choices; but rather the consequence of external pressure and the absence of choices. Pernille Fenger, Chief of the UNFPA Nordic Office states that “it is girls from the poorest families that become pregnant at an early age.” She further states that “teenage pregnancy is not an isolated problem, we need to focus on the background causes." Read in Danish: U-landsnyt

UNRIC on 30 October published an article on the SWOP 2013 report launch. 20,000 girls under the age of 18 in developing countries, give birth every day. Nine out of ten of adolescent births happen within marriage. The number of girls who give birth before the age of fifteen will increase to 3 million by 2030 if today’s trend continues. “Too often society blames the girl for becoming pregnant” says UNFPA’s Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin. Teenage pregnancies are both a cause and consequence of deprivation of rights. Pregnancies may deprive a young girl’s access to rights, education and SRHR. Read in Danish: UNRIC

National Broadcast Cooperation DR on 1 November published an article on their website in relation to the SWOP 2013 launch. 7. 3 million girls become pregnant before the age of 18 each year in developing countries. Two million of these are 14 or younger when they give birth. The tendency is most prevalent in Sub-Saharan Africa in countries such as Niger where 51% of all pregnancies are done by those under 18. 70,000 adolescents die each year of birth-related complications as their bodies are not yet ready for pregnancy and child birth. Obstetric fistula is another occurring consequence of early pregnancy. Through the SWOP 2013 report UNFPA seeks to address these challenges and inspire states to do more to prevent child marriage and teenage pregnancies. Read in Danish: National Broadcast Cooperation DR

Politiken on 4 November published an op-ed written by the Chief of the UNFPA Nordic Office Pernille Fenger based on  the SWOP 2013 report and the photo exhibit “Too Young to Wed” by Stephanie Sinclair that opened in Copenhagen alongside the SWOP launch. Every third girl in development countries is married before the age of 18. Child marriages are a violation of their human rights, and deprive girls of their childhood and access to education. A consequence of child marriages is a continued life in poverty and lead often to early pregnancies. This again is dangerous as child related complications are the most common cause of death for girls aged 15-19 years. Child marriages reflect the lack of girls’ opportunity and of their powerlessness in society. “Unless we are able to change today’s situation of child marriages, the trend is only expected to rise from 142 million to 151 million by 2030” says Chief of UNFPA Nordic Office Pernille Fenger. Read in Danish: Politiken

EASTERN EUROPE & CENTRAL ASIA: Multiple media outlets on 30 October reported that in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, teenage pregnancy is on the decline, but some countries still have high – and in some cases even increasing – adolescent birth rates. And some population groups, such as national minorities, are particularly affected. The UNFPA’s global report, titled ‘Motherhood in childhood’ offers a new perspective on adolescent pregnancy, looking not only at the girls’ behaviour as a cause of early pregnancy, but also at the actions of their families, communities and governments. According to the report, early pregnancy takes a toll on a girl’s health, education and rights. It also prevents her from realizing her potential and adversely impacts the baby. In Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Tajikistan is the country with the highest teenage birth rate (54 births per 1000 women aged 15-19), followed by Georgia, Azerbaijan, Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey.

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FIJI: The Fiji Times on 2 November reported on the launch of UNFPA's 2013 SWOP by Laurent Zessler, director of the UNFPA Pacific Sub-Regional office. "Data from 2011 shows that Fiji's adolescent fertility rate in 2011 was unchanged since 1990, at just over 40 births per 1000 adolescent girls (aged 15-19.)" Read in English: Fiji Times

FINLAND: Maailma.net on 31 October published a short article on the SWOP 2013 report launch. 7.3 million girls give birth before the age of eighteen in developing countries on a yearly basis. Adolescents are the most vulnerable as 70,000 adolescents die as a result of birth-related complications each year. Most teenage pregnancies occur in poor, uneducated and rural areas. Heimo Laakkonen, Chief for UNFPA HQ Resource Mobilization Branch, says that teenage pregnancies are a malicious circle, “when you are uneducated, you are more likely to get pregnant early. Those that are uneducated are also more likely to get a low salary job, which in turn will keep the circle of poverty going on from generation to generation.” This year’s report seeks to abolish the reproach of the girl as being guilty for early pregnancy. UNFPA’s Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin states that “The society too often blames the girl for getting pregnant. In reality, these girls often lack the options and do not have choices; they are in a situation which they cannot influence.” Read in Finnish: Maailma.net

Global.Finland on 31 October published an article in relation to the SWOP 2013 release. The article tells the story of Clarisse from Chad who became pregnant at the age of fourteen just after she had married a man three times her age. Clarissa is one out of 7.3 million adolescents that becomes pregnant before the age of 18 in developing countries every year. The health risk for adolescents younger than 15 are twice as high as for women above that age. Heimo Laakkonen UNFPA representative says that ”In spite of good results, the number of adolescent pregnancies does not decrease at the same pace as we had hoped”- hoping that state actors now will be able to do more. Read in Swedish: Global.Finland

GEORGIA: InterPressNews and Georgia Today on 31 October published an article on the occasion of the release of the State of World Population 2013 report. The article quotes the report, entitled, “Motherhood in childhood: facing the challenge of adolescent pregnancy.” According to Ms. Tamar Khomasuridze, UNFPA/Georgia Assistant Representative, early marriages and adolescent pregnancy are the priority issues for UNFPA programme in Georgia. This year, on 11 July, World Population Day, UNFPA/Georgia launched the campaign in partnership with the Parliament of Georgia, Government, Public Defender of Georgia, civil society, mass media, academia and youth groups and has conducted a number of activities within this initiative which is still in progress. Read in English: Inter Press News and Georgia Today

GERMANY: Der Spiegel on 30 October published an article on the launch of UNFPA's SWOP report. Read in German: Der Spiegel

INDONESIA: The Jakarta Post on 30 October reported on the launch of UNFPA's SWOP report. Read in English: The Jakarta Post

JORDAN: Multiple media outlets on 30 and 31 October reported on the launch of the UNFPA State of World Population 2013 and stated that the aim of the report is to provoke a new way of thinking about and tackling adolescent pregnancy and to encourage a shift away from interventions targeted at girls towards broad-based approaches that build girls’ human capital, protect girls’ right and empower them to make decisions. Read in English and Arabic: Petra News Agency, Petra News Agency, Petra News Agency, Addustour, Ammon News, Assabeel

KAZAKHSTAN: Kazinform, Forbes.kz and others on 30 October reported on the press conference launching the State of the World Population report “Motherhood in Childhood: Facing the challenge of adolescent pregnancy.”  The article mentions statistics on adolescent pregnancy in Kazakhstan, announced by the speakers of the press conference, as well as describes the context of the Report. “In Kazakhstan every year more than 20,000 pregnancies are being registered among the adolescent girls at the age of 15-19. In ratio this data is two-three times higher than that of Western Europe” said director of UNFPA Sub-Regional Office for Central Asia, Director of UNFPA in Kazakhstan, Nikolai Botev. “The State of World Population 2013 report, published by UNFPA highlights the main challenges of adolescent pregnancy and its serious impacts on girls’ education, health and long-term employment opportunities. The report also shows what can be done to curb this trend and protect girls’ human rights and well-being” Botev said. Read in Russian: Kazinform, Forbes.kz, Zakon, Headline.kz, Zakon, Centrasia.ru, Gazeta

LAO PEOPLE'S DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC: KPL News on 1 November reported on the launch on the 2013 State of World Population Report."We must reflect on and urge changes to policies and norms of families, communities and governments that often leave a girl with no other choice, but a path to early pregnancy," said UNFPA's Dr. Osotimehin.

MACEDONIA:Multiple media outlets on 30 October reported on the launch of the 2013 State of the World Population report. Dr Babatunde Osotimehin, UNFPA Executive Director said ‘the reality is that pregnancy often has less to do with girls’ personal behaviour and more to do with the behaviour of their families, communities and governments” and suggests that adolescent pregnancy should not be seen only as the result of recklessness or a deliberate choice but rather that of an absence of choices, and of circumstances beyond a girl’s control. Read in Macedonian: Brif, Kirilica, PlusInfo, A1on, Denesen, Telegraf, Mia

MOLDOVA: Multiple media outlets on 30 October reported on the release of the 2013 SWOP report. Svetlana Moroz, MD, gynecologist and head of the Center for Youth Friendly Services Cimişlia says that today, health education remains still optional and not included in the compulsory school curriculum. "Teens are faced with many challenges: lack of information about sex education, risks early teenage pregnancy etc. What can we, the adults, do to change this situation? You must help them overcome these challenges" concluded Ms. Moroz. Read in Romanian: Ms.gov, Ziarulnational, Pentruea, Ziarulevenimentul, Infotag, Saptamina Watch in Romanian: Publika, Publika Listen in Romanian: Europa Libera

NORWAY: Bistands aktuelt on 31 October wrote an article on the launch of SWOP 2013 in Norway. The article presents the report, stating that 70,000 adolescents die as a result of birth-related complications each year, and that 7.3 million girls give birth before the age of eighteen each year. Torbjørn Urfjell of the United Nations Association of Norway says that “it is important to enhance girls position and to change the social pressure from family and local communities, in order to create progress.” Read in Norwegian: Bistands aktuelt

Regjeringen.no (Norway’s government webpage) on 30 October, released a summary of State Secretary Hans Brattskar's speech made during the launch of SWOP 2013 in Norway. Mr. Brattskar states that adolescents account for as many as 60% of the population in some developing countries. Still, this is the group that is the most excluded when it comes to accessing SRH services. "In development countries adolescents are often denied the right to choose when, if, and with whom they would like to have children” he says. “Many teenage mothers are often stigmatized and discriminated against in such societies. UNFPA is an important collaborator when it comes to providing gender equality, SRHR and education under MDG 4 and 5,” he adds. Read in Norwegian: Regjeringen.no

Forum for women and development on 31 October printed an overview of the SWOP 2013. Adolescents’ pregnancies are a huge health issue in today’s world. 3.2 million unsafe abortions are performed by adolescents each year, 70,000 of these girls die as a result of early pregnancies each year. Teenage pregnancies are also a deprivation of these young girls’ rights. This year’s report looks upon the lack of health services, preventives, information and education on SRHR as main causes, rather than blaming the girl. Rune Frøseth UNFPA representative states that education is central to prevent adolescents pregnancies. Read in Norwegian: Forum for women and development

PANAMA: Multiple media outlets from 30 October reported on the launch of the UNFPA's 2013 State of the World Population report. Coverage included live interviews, and tweets along with traditional outlets.

PARAGUAY: Multiple media outlets on 30 October reported that teen motherhood is a central issue in Latin America, according to the SWOP 2013. Read in Spanish: Ñanduti, Hoy, ADN versión impresa, Agencia de Información Pública

Amambay 570 on 30 October remarked that the region has one of the highest rates of adolescent pregnancy. This information was released as part of the launch of SWOP 2013. Read in Spanish: Amambay 570 AM

Radio 970 AM on 30 October disseminated the statement of Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, UNFPA Executive Director on the launch of SWOP. Read in Spanish: 970 AM

Unicanal on 30 October did an extensive report on the results of The State of World Population 2013 and interviewed UNFPA Officer for Gender and Adolescence Mirtha Rivarola. Also, Canal 9-SNT, broadcast a report on the SWOP. Read and listen in Spanish: Unicanal, SNT

Multiple media outlets from 30-31 October reported that every day 20,000 girls or adolescents give birth in the developing world according to SWOP 2013. The press reports that of the 7.3 million births, 2 million occur in children under 15 years and that the rural poor are more vulnerable to becoming pregnant. Read in Spanish: Última Hora, ADN digital, La Nación, Portal de Noticias Ñanduti.

Última Hora and other outlets on 31 October reported on the high rate of pregnancies in girls. An article in the print edition, highlighted that the problem is so great that the Ministry of Health initiated a prevention campaign. Mirtha Rivarola, Gender and Youth Officer for UNFPA was interviewed on the topic for the launch of SWOP. Read in Spanish: Última Hora edición impresa, Última Hora edición digital, 970 AM

Multiple radio stations on 31 October interviewed Mirtha Rivarola, UNFPA Officer on Gender and Adolescents, on the findings of the SWOP 2013 and the critical situation of adolescent pregnancy in country. Read in Spanish: Radio Cáritas, Radio Ñanduti, 970 AM, UNO, Candela, Nacional

Multiple media from 31 October to 3 November reported that in three months the only adolescent-friendly clinic located in the city of Encarnación served 239 pregnant women who were 12-19 years old. This fact was mentioned a the launch of the State of World Population 2013. Read in Spanish: ADN edición impresa, ABC Color, ADN edición digital

Multiple media outlets reported from 31 October to 4 November that everyday two girls between the ages of 10 and 14 give birth in Paraguay. This was mentioned in the context of the launch of the SWOP released by UNFPA. Read in Spanish: Última Hora, Radio Ñanduti, 970 AM, Portal Paraguayo de Noticias, Prensa Mercosur, Entorno inteligente, SubasPar, ABC Color, Hoy.

Multiple media outlets reported from 30 October to 4 November that 20% of pregnancies in the country are to children and adolescents. Adriane Salinas Bomfim, UNFPA Reproductive Health Officer, on the occasion of the SWOP launch 2013, was interviewed on the subject. Read more in Spanish: ABC Colour, Agencia de Información Pública, ADN Paraguayo

ABC TV produced on 31 October two news reports. One was based on the problem of adolescent pregnancy with images and data from The State of World Population 2013. The other broadcast an exclusive interview on the subject of adolescent pregnancy by taking data released by the local office about the situation in Paraguay. Watch in Spanish: ABC TV 1, ABC TV 2

Última Hora reported on 31 October that every day 20,000 children under 18 give birth and about 200 die as a result of pregnancy or childbirth in developing countries according to a report released by the United Nation Population Fund. Read in Spanish: Última Hora

Multiple local and international media reported on 31 October on the launch of the SWOP 2013. A Paraguayan girl of only 11 years old gave birth on recently and the press described this fact as worrisome and stressed UNFPA's warning on this issue should be a priority in Paraguay and the region. Read in Spanish: El Nuevo Herald, Hoy, Terra, Entorno inteligente, Univisión, Emol, Canal 15 de Nicaragua, El Universal de Colombia, Azteca Noticias, El diario de Coahuila, Diario mx, El Político de México, Huffpost Voces, Panorama.com.ve, Zona Franca de México, El mañana de Tamaulipas, Sonora Plural, Excélsior de México, elCaribe, Yahoo News, El Periódico de Guatemala, Oaxaca digital, Enmitrinchera, Radio Noticias 1070, Sipse.com, Calibre800.com, TN8, Marmorinforma de Michoacán, Enlace radiofónico de Chihuahua, Telemetro de Chile, Noticias Latino, Argenpress.

Multiple newspapers reported from 1 to 4 November on the case of a girl who gave birth at age 11 and that underage pregnancies are the result of sexual abuse and rape, something that should be socially unacceptable, according to a statement issued by the Ministry of Children and Adolescents. During the launch of SWOP 2013,  it was stressed that education is key to fighting this scourge. Read  in Spanish: Popular, Última Hora, ABC Colour

TV Pública Paraguay interviewed on 1 November Mirtha Rivarola, Gender and Youth Officer of UNFPA, to analyze data from SWOP 2013 and the situation of adolescent pregnancy in Paraguay. The interview was replicated on 2 November in the journal ADN Paraguayo. Watch in Spanish: ADN Paraguayo, TV Pública Paraguay

ABC Colour and Radio Viva published on 3 November the testimony of an adolescent mother who tells how her life plans were cut short because of her pregnancy and that this experience changed her future and that of her children. Read in Spanish: Radio Viva, ABC Colour 1, ABC Colour 2

SWAZILAND: The Times of Swaziland on 31 October reported that Hassan Mohtashami, UNFPA Representative, called for the introduction of sexuality education. Mr. Mohtashami said boys and girls in and out of school need to be educated on sexuality to help decrease the rate of pregnancy and the spread of HIV. Hassan was speaking during the launch of the State of the World Population Report.

The Swazi Observer on 31 October reported that teenage pregnancy is high among primary school girls as compared to high school girls, as per the 2007 Demographic Health Survey. This was revealed by the representative of the Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Economic Planning and Development, during the launch of the State of World Population Report 2013.

The Swazi Observer on 31 October reported that UNFPA Representative, Dr. Hassan Mohtashami, at the launch of the 2013 SWOP report, noted that there is need to help girls attend schools and stay enrolled, as education is one of the most effective ways of delaying marriage and pregnancy until adulthood. Hassan further noted that 73 million girls under the age of 18 give birth every year in developing countries and two million of those are girls under 14 years.

SWEDEN: RFSU’s webpage on 31 October launched an article on women’s empowerment in relation to the SWOP 2013 release presentation in Sweden. Hellevi Engström, Minister for Development Cooperation, Ann Sofie Nilsson from Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Milischia Rezai from LSU, Marian Anderson General Secretary at RFSU, and Political advisor in UNFPA Björn Adersson discuss the fact that 70,000 adolescents die each year as a result of early pregnancies and how to create progress. Political advisor at UNFPA Björn Adersson says that is “crucial to think on a broader level than has been done earlier.” It is argued that it is difficult for states to negotiate on SRHR as it relates to private matters. It is stated that further development strategies are needed. Increasing focus on girl’s access to education was widely agreed upon. Read in Swedish: RFSU

The Swedish UN Association Blog published on 31 October an overview of the SWOP 2013. 20,000 adolescents give birth in developing countries each day. This entails seven million new young mothers each year, of which two million are under 15. 70,000 young girls die every year in developing countries due to complications in pregnancy or during child birth. Girl’s access to education will reduce the risk of early pregnancies and child marriages. Read in Swedish: Swedish UN Association Blog

TANZANIA: IPP Media on 30 October reported on the release on the 2013 SWOP report which highlights the main challenges of adolescent pregnancy and its impact on girls’ education, health and long-term employment opportunities. The launch was hosted by Mariam Khan, UNFPA country representative. Read in English: IPP Media

THAILAND: The Bangkok Post on 30 October reported on the launch of SWOP 2013 nothing that of the 7.3 million girls who give birth each year in developing countries, most are in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Read in English: The Bangkok Post

TURKEY: Multiple media outlets on 30 October reported on the launch of UNFPA 2013 SWOP report. Up to 91,000 girls under the age of 18 give birth every year in Turkey, despite a notable decrease over the last 10 years, UNFPA Turkey representative Zahidul Huque has said. “The ratio of teenage births is 29 per 1,000 [women]. The ratio in Western Europe is around four per 1,000,” Huque said today during a panel discussion at Anadolu University in Eskişehir, where he commented on the UNFPA’s latest report about teenage mothers. Teenage pregnancies are more common in Turkey’s relatively poorer rural eastern provinces, though it is decreasing in the Black Sea region, according to Huque. "The cities with the highest ratio are Ağrı, Kars, Muş, Kilis, Van, Siirt, Bitlis, Niğde, Iğdır and Şanlıurfa. However, the ratio is decreasing in Trabzon, Rize, Tunceli, Artvin, Ordu, Bolu, Eskişehir, Karabük, Gümüşhane, Yalova and Giresun,” he said. Huque also said that the rate was closely related to the number of child brides. “One of the most important methods is to raise awareness on gender equality and ensuring it. It is also important to maintain open access to information on sexual and reproductive health,” he said.

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UGANDA: New Vision on 30 October reported that around 7.3 million girls under the age of 18 give birth each year in developing countries, risking death and suffering that can only be addressed by changing social attitudes, according to the State of the World Population Report. "Too often, society blames only the girl for getting pregnant," said UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin. UNFPA urged efforts to keep girls in school, teach them about sexual health, stop child marriage, change attitudes to gender roles and equality and better support young mothers. Read in English: New Vision

UKRAINE:Multiple media outlets from 30 October reported on the launch of the 2013 State of World Population report. Read and listen in Ukrainian: Pravda, Radio Svoboda, Radio Svoboda, TVI, NewsRU, Epoch Times, Guoz Read in Russian: zn.ua, Glavred, Zadonbass, Minprom, Politikan

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: Gulf News on 30 October reported that the UNFPA warned that "adolescent pregnancy is a 'huge global problem' that demands attention — but urged governments and civil groups to realise that the girls are not solely responsible." Read in English: Gulf News

UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND NORTHERN IRELAND: The Guardian on 30 October and BBC Mundo on 30 October reported that "the number of girls giving birth before the age of 15 in sub-Saharan Africa will increase by more than 1 million by 2030 unless urgent action is taken to end child marriage, get more girls into school and ensure their rights are protected, according to the UN's flagship population report." Read in English: The Guardian Read in Spanish: BBC Mundo

UNITED STATES: Multiple media outlets from 30 October published reports on the launch of the State of World Population 2013 pointing out, among other things, that teenage childbearing diminishes personal and economic prospects. "If all the adolescent mothers in Kenya were able to obtain education and employment, for instance, the country’s gross income could increase by $3.4 billion a year." Read in English: ABC News, The Associated Press, Boston Herald, CNN, Christian Science Monitor, RH Reality Check, The Huffington Post, Inter Press Service, Los Angeles Times, Raw Story, Reuters, TIME , Voice of America, Washington Post, Fox News, The Wall Street Journal, York Daily NewsThe Wall Street Journal

27Oct/13Off

UGANDA: Refugee Children Miss Out on School

The Observer on 27 October published a story on the Congolese refugee children in Rwamwanja camps who are dropping out of school because of unfamiliar teaching methods and language issues. The education strategy of UNHCR stresses the important role of access for refugee and asylum-seeker children to adequate education opportunities. The article talks about the UNFPA-supported youth corners and training of peer educators and quotes UNFPA's Peninah Kyoyagala. The picture in the article clearly shows UNFPA t shirts and armbands for young people. Read in English: The Observer

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26Oct/13Off

BURKINA FASO: Family Planning Experiencing Renewed Interest

Sidwaya on 26 October reported that with the financial and technical support of UNFPA, family planning is experiencing renewed interest in Burkina Faso. According to UNFPA Representative Mamadou Kante, this renewed interest is due to the interventions of The World Programme of Reproductive Health Commodity Security  in Burkina Faso and the fact that issues of populations are taken into account in development conversations. He also said that the country will reach the rate of 25% contraceptive prevalence before 2015. Read in French: Sidwaya

26Oct/13Off

UGANDA: Refugee Girl Writes to UN Secretary General

The Monitor on 26 October published an article on the commemoration of the Day of the Girl Child. It mentions how UNFPA and UNHCR organised a dialogue with refugee communities in the Rwamwanja Refugee Settlement in Kamwenge District. The article also talks about Chantal, a 13 year-old refugee girl who wrote a letter to the UN SG asking him to help Congo. Read in English: The Monitor 

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25Oct/13Off

UKRAINE: Country to Implement Women Quotas for Political Parties

Facenews.ua on 25 October reported that it is expected that after the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement signing, every Ukrainian political party will be required to have at least 1/3 of women among its members. This initiative raises a lot of questions especially from male politicians. Recently, the government initiated a draft law aimed to facilitate the employment of women on maternity leave and with small children through the mechanisms of distant and part time work from home. But ideas of gender equality are also spreading to the sphere of politics. This week, the Minister of Social Policy of Ukraine Ms. Korolevska announced that the government supports the idea of gender quotas for the political parties’ electoral lists to run for the parliament and local councils. According to official data regarding the amount of women working for the government and other state bodies, Ukraine holds the 118th place among the 180 countries in the international women representation ranking. In terms of gender equality, Ukraine holds the 64th place out of 135. In her speech at Verhovna Rada of Ukraine earlier, UNFPA Representative Ms. Nuzhat Ehsan said that Ukraine does not follow European standards of gender equality. Ukrainian women constitute 54% of the population, but there are less that 10% of women in the parliament now, and their social and political role is marginal. Read in Russian: Facenews.ua

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SENEGAL: UNFPA Delivers Humanitarian Aid to Female Flood Victims

The Senegalese Press Agency (APS) on 25 October reported on the humanitarian assistance provided by UNFPA to the health districts of Mbour, Joal/Fadiouth and Thiadiaye for women victims of floods. During a ceremony held in Mbour, UNFPA delivered reproductive health kits and hygiene kits worth over 63 million FCFA. The Resident Representative M. Boureima Diadié, focused on the need to improve access to and the quality of reproductive health care, in humanitarian situations. Read in French: APS

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25Oct/13Off

LAO PEOPLE’S DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC: MPs and Youth Discuss How to Improve Girls’ Lives

KPL on 25 October reported that around 20 parliamentarians and 25 young people met on 24 October in Savannakhet to discuss development issues with a special focus on how to "promote adolescent girls wellbeing for a better Laos." The meeting, held for the second time since 2012, aimed to provide an opportunity for young people to discuss and advocate youth-related issues with policy-makers as well as to provide parliamentarians with a first-hand exposure to the realities faced by young people in the country. The meeting was organized by the Lao Youth Union and the National Assemby with support from UNFPA.

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UKRAINE: Flexible Working Arrangements Promised to Pregnant Women

Tsn.ua on 24 October reported that most women in Ukraine who are on maternity leave would like to work but are not willing to spend the whole working day away from their families and newborn babies. Recently, the Ukrainian government initiated a new draft law to support working mothers and open wider opportunities for remote and part time work. Currently, there are about half a million women in Ukraine who are working part time during their maternity leave period. The government expects that due to the new law this quantity will increase as employers receive more incentives to employ mothers with infants as well as to provide opportunities for parents to work from home. UNFPA Ukraine fully supports the development and implementation of such a law that has proved to be an efficient mechanism for the empowerment of women in Western Europe and North America. UNFPA welcomes the initiative of the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine to advance gender equality in the labour market and implement new legislation that follows the best international practices in this sphere. Watch in Ukrainian: Tsn.ua

24Oct/13Off

BANGLADESH: Promoting Adolescents on UN Day

The Daily Sun and The New Age on 24 October published an op-ed by Pornchai Suchitta, Officer-in-Charge for UNFPA Bangladesh urging the country to "focus the spotlight on the adolescents and youth, a group that constitutes about half of the total (153 million) population of Bangladesh." Read in English: The Daily Sun and The New Age

24Oct/13Off

JORDAN: Youth Use Art to Promote Healthy Living

The Jordan Times published on 24 October, and on the occasion of UN Day, an article about Y-PEER network initiatives and work. The article said that Y-PEER, which is a youth-to-youth initiative pioneered by UNFPA, joined Jordan in 2008. 650 young people have participated in the network trainings, and 50 became trainers. Y-PEER Ambassadors have used movies, music and other art forms to spread their messages. Read in English: The Jordan Times

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TOGO: Celebrating UN Day

Multiple media outlets on 24 October reported on celebrations for United Nations Day. Several activities were held to honor the day including a public conference on the MDGs, and two days of exhibition to allow every agency to raise awareness of their main activities. The Togolese press as usual, rallied to relay information about these activities. Public television channels (TVT) and private such as LCF, TV2 and RTDS, several private radio stations and written papers devoted a large part in this event. Read in French: Togoenvogue, Santé Education, Sante Education, Afreepress, Afreepress

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22Oct/13Off

BURKINA FASO: Countries Gather to Fight FGM

RTB on 22 October, covered the International Conference on the Abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation which was organized by the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme and hosted by the government of Italy. Nafissa Diop, UNFPA Coordinator is quoted stressing the importance of countries gathering to find solutions to female genital mutilation. Watch in French: RTB

22Oct/13Off

UGANDA: Pregnancy and Child Birth Complications Leading Cause of Death Among Teen Girls

New Vision on 22 October published the story of a pregnant girl who, for two days, lay in a hospital bed in pain without anyone to help her give birth and whose baby died in her womb. UNFPA data is cited in the article and Dr. Osotimehin is quoted, "Pregnancy jeopardises the rights, health, education and potential of far too many adolescent girls, robbing them of a better future." Read in English: New Vision

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21Oct/13Off

UGANDA: Shelters Provide Rehabilitation for GBV Victims

The Observer on 21 October reported on gender-based violence.  As a way of rehabilitating victims of gender-based violence, the Mifumi project has set up shelters where GBV victims receive treatment and counseling. Today, there are five pilot shelters supported by United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in partnership with Mifumi and ActionAid. Read in English: The Observer

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21Oct/13Off

UGANDA: Abortion Fourth Killer of Women

New Vision on 21 October reported that abortion is the fourth killer of women in Uganda and a total of 297,000 abortions are done every year according to UNFPA country representative, Esperance Fundira. Read in English: New Vision

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21Oct/13Off

UGANDA: Sex Education Needed

The Observer on 21 October published an article on the role sex education plays in preventing teen pregnancy. UNFPA's Esperance Fundira, believes that information empowers young people with informative decision making choices, “When girls are educated and healthy, they are more likely to marry later, delay childbearing and gain productive or employable skills. We must, therefore, enforce existing laws and policies to ensure that no girl below 18 is allowed to get married." Read in English: The Observer

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19Oct/13Off

GEORGIA: Interview with UNFPA Regional Director

Georgia Today on 19 October published an interview with Mr. Werner Haug, Director of UNFPA’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia Regional Office. Mr. Haug spoke about the programmes and projects implemented by UNFPA/Georgia and highlighted the significance of these programmes to Georgia, in particular in the areas of reproductive health, gender, breast and cervical cancers prevention, youth programmes and population and development. Mr. Werner dwelt on the meeting with the Director of the National Statistics Office of Georgia during which they discussed the upcoming Population Census 2014 in Georgia and the financial and technical support provided by UNFPA/Georgia. Mr. Haug expressed his satisfaction about the preparation process of the Census. Mr. Werner also gave a high esteem to the youth programmes implemented in Georgia with the youth annual festivals being the spotlight of SRH & RR awareness raising and advocacy component. Read in English: Georgia Today

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PARAGUAY: Panel Discusses Consensus

Neike reported on 19 October that UNFPA organized a panel about consensus at the 5th Paraguay Feminist Meeting. The panelists presented the most relevant points agreed upon in the Consensus of Montevideo, a document approved by the region, including Paraguay, at the end of the First Meeting of the Conference on Population and Development. UNFPA had a stand where it displayed publications and materials developed by the agency. Visitors could access various publications, brochures, leaflets and other educational and outreach materials related to the themes of the mandate and cooperation of UNFPA, free of charge. Read in Spanish: Neike

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PARAGUAY: UNFPA Leads Panel at Feminist Meeting

PPN, Portal Paraguayo de Noticias reported on 19 October on the 5th Paraguay Feminist Meeting. One panel will be led by UNFPA Assistant Representative Manuela Escobar, Research and Documentation Centre Member Clyde Soto and Regional Coordinator of the Campaign for the Convention on Sexual and Reproductive Rights Mirta Moragas. Read in Spanish: PPN

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PARAGUAY: Organizations Debate at 5th Feminist Meeting

ABC reported on 19 October on the start of the 5th Paraguay Feminist Meeting. "This meeting is a space for all people to come and learn what works in different spaces: feminist, human rights and women's rights. People can freely choose the topics they are interested in," said Mirta Moragas, one of the organizers. The meeting ends on Sunday 20 . One of the debates promoted UNFPA, United Nations Population Fund. Read in Spanish:  ABC

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PARAGUAY: UNFPA Sponsors Discussions

ABC Colour commented on 19 October, that several interesting debates occurred at the 5th Paraguay Feminist Meeting including discussions about political equality, the need for compliance with the main points agreed in the Consensus of Montevideo. This activity was sponsored by UNFPA. Read in Spanish: ABC Colour

18Oct/13Off

MOLDOVA: Free Mammograms for Women in Chisinau

Pan.md on 18 October reported that under a programme by the UNFPA, Centre for Health Excellence and National Insurance Company in Medicine, women living in Chisinau will have access to regular mammography exams to detect possible breast cancer. Director of the Centre for Health Excellence, Maria Morozova noted that digital mammography is one of the newest and most effective methods of diagnosing early-stage breast cancer. According to the Cancer Institute, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer and the disease is a major cause of mortality in the Republic of Moldova. Read in Russian: Pan.md

18Oct/13Off

UGANDA: Cultural Beliefs Play Part in GBV

New Vision on 18 October reported that cultural beliefs are partly to blame for gender-based violence. UNFPA's technical specialist on GBV Evelyn Letiyo is quoted saying, "Women in violence relationships are less likely to make informed decisions about reproduction, for instance, when and how to have sex or whether to use family planning due to fear of the main in case she says no to sex."

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18Oct/13Off

UGANDA: UNFPA Supports Women’s Shelter

New Vision on 18 October published an article on a gender-based violence shelter in Moroto. The shelter was developed with support from UNFPA. UNFPA Representative Ms. Esperance Fundira is quoted in the article, "A home is a basic need that gives us stability and safety. But, where there is violence, there is no peace in the home and it becomes unsafe."

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18Oct/13Off

TOGO: Celebrating the Girl Child

Multiple media outlets reported on 18 October that Togo celebrated the International Day of the Girl Child. The official launch mobilized various segments of the population and representatives of the Togolese government, development partners and young school girls. Prior to the celebration, the statement of the Executive Director of UNFPA, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin was published by several online and written newspapers and private urban radio and community radio stations in rural areas. Read in French: Focus Info, Focus Info, Sante Education, Savoir News, Afreepress

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