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4 October 2022
UNFPA is accelerating efforts toward achieving the SDGs by 2030, Agenda 2063 and three transformative results.

Power of harnessing assets as we accelerate towards the SDGs and our transformative results

With its diverse group of countries and contexts, our region is unique and reflects the distance still to go to achieve the Sustainable Development... Read more

1 October 2022
Reformed cutters Kokarupe Lorwu, Methani Chepurai Lokuda and Chepchongil Cheleston in West Pokot County in Kenya.

Through their eyes: Building on the resilience and power of older persons

In a changing world and with the COVID-19 pandemic, an ominous climate crisis, non-stop conflicts and disasters, the older population is at the... Read more

28 September 2022
As women who work at garment factories in Lesotho lose wages for the days they miss work.

Lesotho introduces family planning services with childbirth in hospital, to empower women

After delivering at Motebang Hospital, ‘Mathabo and her husband decided to start using contraceptives straight away, to avoid an unplanned pregnancy... Read more

22 September 2022
With an internet penetration rate of 82%, Kenyan youth are highly active on social media platforms.

Empowering young people to prevent digital gender-based violence in Kenya’s elections

The rise in gender-based violence assisted by technology – including cyberbullying, cyberstalking, doxxing, hate speech and gendered disinformation... Read more

16 September 2022
Teenage mother in Karongi district in Rwanda

Young and empowered: story of a teenage mother in Rwanda

Teenage pregnancy increases the vulnerability of adolescent girls and young women, trapping them into a cycle of poverty. Teenage mothers face... Read more

12 September 2022
UNFPA East and Southern Africa's work in the region

News from East and Southern Africa - July to August 2022

Our latest newsletter showcases the work of our colleagues and partners to empower women and young people while celebrating International Youth Day,... Read more

7 September 2022
A facilitator from the Women, Child, and Social Affairs Office in Nifas-mewucha with 1000 women and girls

More than 78,000 displaced women and girls assisted with UNFPA Dignity Kits across northern Ethiopia

“I can’t afford to buy sanitary pads. If I get some income, it’s for my son. It means a lot to me after losing everything,” says Emebet Mengessha who... Read more

2 September 2022
Regional Director Lydia Zigomo during the formal presentation to the Executive Board

Formal presentation of the country programme documents for South Sudan and Zambia

Executive Board formal presentation by Regional Director of country programme documents for South Sudan and Zambia

1 September 2022
Nigiste Tade, 21, receiving a medical implant of a long-acting reversible contraceptive method at the Marie Stopes International

Family planning a life-saving intervention for conflict-affected communities in Ethiopia

“In this difficult situation, family planning will help me take care of my own health and safety and better care for my baby and family” says Nigiste... Read more

29 August 2022
Lydia Zigomo of Zimbabwe has recently been appointed Regional Director of UNFPA East and Southern Africa.

New UNFPA Regional Director to lead efforts to achieve the SDGs and ICPD commitments in East and Southern Africa

Lydia Zigomo of Zimbabwe has been appointed Regional Director of UNFPA East and Southern Africa. A human rights lawyer and an international... Read more