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3 September 2019

UNFPA hosts national youth service volunteers to help them gain valuable work experience: Kadiatu’s story

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 22 August 2019 - In Sierra Leone, approximately 70 per cent of the 2.7 million young people aged 15-35 are underemployed or unemployed. An estimated 800,000 youth are actively... Read more

29 August 2019

New National Population Policy focuses on reproductive health and rights, women’s empowerment and the demographic dividend

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 28 August 2019 – The National Population Policy which aims to improve the quality of life for all Sierra Leoneans was launched today. The new Policy aims to address population... Read more

12 August 2019

My Body, My Life, My World! – A brand new rallying cry for the SDG generation

Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem on International Youth Day From their communities to their capital cities, young people everywhere are demanding their rights, as affirmed 25... Read more

7 August 2019

UNFPA enables national youth corps volunteers to reach their full potential: Abu’s story

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 7 August 2019 - “Volunteering can help people out of poverty by giving them new skills, confidence, and enabling them to socially integrate into different social groups,” said... Read more

5 August 2019

UNFPA supports the launch to review the 2014 national youth policy

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 5 July 2019 - Today, UNFPA attended the launch of the process to review the 2014 National Youth Policy. Speaking at the launch, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in... Read more

22 July 2019
Participants at the comprehensive sexuality education workshop

Sierra Leone takes positive steps to roll-out comprehensive sexuality education in school curricula

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 26 June 2019 - “I had no sex education growing up, and if I had, I would have made different choices. With education, children can make better decisions,” said Maybelle... Read more

16 July 2019
Midwives in Sierra Leone singing at their graduation

Newly graduated midwives to contribute to reducing maternal mortality in Sierra Leone

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 5 July 2019 – Forty-nine midwives graduated from the National School of Midwifery in Freetown as part of UNFPA’s mission to contribute to the reduction of maternal mortality... Read more

10 July 2019

UNFPA Executive Director on World Population Day

Want to improve women’s lives and countries’ prospects for prosperity? Expand contraceptive choice. Her life. Her choice. Our future.  Women have a right to make their own decisions about whether,... Read more

3 June 2019
Finah Sesay, Fistula survivor, at Aberdeen Women’s Centre @UNFPA/2019/Karen Davies

Overcoming fistula by restoring hope and dignity

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 3 June 2019 - “I was eleven years old when my father said that I must get married because we had no money for education or clothes”, recalled 19-year-old Finah Sesay. Despite... Read more

24 May 2019
Raising awareness about obstetric fistula on Afriradio

Radio discussion to mark International Day to End Obstetric Fistula

To mark International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, UNFPA Sierra Leone country representative, Dr. Kim Dickson was on the Drive Time Show on AfriRadio 105.3FM raising awareness about fistula as a... Read more