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19 January 2019

President opens UK aid funded community health centre in Makali

MAKALI, Kunike Barina Chiefdom, Tonkolili District, Sierra Leone, 19 January 2019 – On Saturday, crowds of people from the Makali area came to witness the official opening of the newly constructed... Read more

16 January 2019

Addressing child marriage and adolescent pregnancy in Port Loko district

PORT LOKO, Sierra Leone, 16 January 2019 – Fatmata Sesay was 15 years old when she became pregnant. Confronted by the fear and unpreparedness of being a young mother, she was forced by her parents to... Read more

10 December 2018

Girls’ Clubs enable out-of-school girls to access vital education and training in Sierra Leone

BO, Sierra Leone, 10 December 2018 - Hawa Sannoh is a determined nineteen-year-old young woman.  She is wearing a pair of trousers with the Nike slogan ‘Just do it’ written on one leg, that reflects... Read more

25 November 2018

Joint UN Statement on International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Statement by the Heads of UN agencies, UNFPA, UNDP, UNICEF and UN WOMEN, calling for solidarity with survivors and survivor advocates and women’s human rights defenders who are working to prevent and... Read more

7 November 2018

China commits support to improve women’s health in Sierra Leone through South-South cooperation

NEW YORK, 7 November 2018 - A $2 million commitment from the People’s Republic of China will harness the power of South-South cooperation to reduce maternal deaths and prevent and treat cervical... Read more

19 October 2018

UNFPA in Sierra Leone launches new State of World Population 2018 report in Parliament

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 19 October 2018 - The global trend towards smaller families is a reflection of people making reproductive choices to have as few or as many children as they want, when they... Read more

10 October 2018
Young girls at a UNFPA-supported Safe Space in Port Loko District ©UNFPASierraLeone/2018/Reid

UNFPA Executive Director on International Day of the Girl Child

A Skilled GirlForce is a force for change!   We believe in the power of girls to change this world for the better.  Let’s give them the chance. Too many girls face roadblocks on their journey to... Read more

20 August 2018

Empowering adolescents through Girls’ Clubs

PUJEHUN, Sierra Leone, 20 August 2018 - Sierra Leone ranks as the 18th country with the highest prevalence of child marriage globally, with 38.9 percent of girls married before age 18 among 20-24... Read more

17 August 2018
Press Release

National stakeholders workshop kick-starts roll out of Comprehensive Sexuality Education in Sierra Leone

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 17 August 2018 – A two-day national stakeholders workshop took place to discuss the way forward for the implementation of comprehensive sexuality education in Sierra Leone.... Read more

12 August 2018
Youth advocates in Freetown ©UNFPASierraLeone/2018/Reid

Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem on International Youth Day 2018

We want to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and make good on our pledge to leave no one behind. We want to build lasting peace. Therefore, young people belong at the centre of our collective... Read more