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27 March 2018
Zainab Binta Jalloh was married off at age 15. Today, she is outspoken about her experience and the need for change. Image courtesy of Zainab.

Escaping child marriage in Sierra Leone

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 27 March 2018 – "According to our tradition, a girl should get married when she reaches puberty," said Zainab Binta Jalloh, a 23-year-old from Sierra Leone’s Koinadugu... Read more

8 March 2018

Life skills training raises awareness about sexual and reproductive health among adolescents in Sierra Leone

Freetown, Sierra Leone, 8 March 2018 – “Providing life-saving and life-transforming services to women and adolescent girls can prevent unintended pregnancies, assist them in delivering their babies... Read more

8 March 2018

UNFPA fistula camp helps women and girls in Sierra Leone regain their dignity

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 8 March 2018 – “The effects of women and girls living with obstetric fistula are much more than the physical pain. The condition often leaves them rejected by their husbands,... Read more

8 March 2018
Rural woman in Tombo Walla, Kambia district. © UNFPA Sierra Leone 2018/Angelique Reid

International Women’s Day - Protecting reproductive rights of rural women: a pathway to a more equal world

The economic inequalities plaguing much of the world today are reinforced by many other forms of inequality, including inequalities in sexual and reproductive health. More than 200 million women—many... Read more

15 February 2018

Overcoming child marriage to pursue an education - Zainab's story

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 15 February 2018 - Zainab Binta Jalloh a 23-year-old university student from Koinadugu district attended the UNFPA-supported National Girls Camp in Freetown. Zainab was... Read more

6 February 2018
Press Release

International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation: Ending FGM is a political decision

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 6 February 2018 – Today marks the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C), a day of global advocacy and a chance for people all over... Read more

13 December 2017

Eighty fistula survivors get a new lease on life

BO, Sierra Leone, 7 December 2017 – Eighty women and girls between the ages of 15-52 stood in solidarity and with pride to receive their certificates as members of Haikal’s fifth graduating class on... Read more

12 December 2017

New graduate midwives ready for life-changing career

MAKENI, Sierra Leone, 20 November 2017 - A large crowd gathered at the School of Midwifery in Makeni, northern Sierra Leone to witness the 2017 graduation ceremony of 64 midwives. The new midwives... Read more

2 November 2017
Midwives at the opening ceremony

New midwifery school in Bo district vital to the survival of mothers and children

BO, Sierra Leone, 2 November 2017 – A new midwifery school which recently opened in Bo District, will not only provide career opportunities for budding midwives, but will also contribute to reducing... Read more

19 October 2017
Fatmata Turay, at the Pentagon Camp in Freetown, Sierra Leone

Tears of a mother: Pregnant woman left devastated by floods and landslides in Sierra Leone

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 19 October 2017 – Imagine waking up one morning to hear that your entire family, including your children are dead. Spare a thought for Fatmata Turay and her husband who woke... Read more