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We are proud to introduce you to Majd!

Majd is a 12 year old Palestinian boy/girl. Brave, curious, and engaged, Majd wants to be a healthy, educated, engaged and active Palestinian citizen, contributing to the good of the community, promoting gender equality and combating gender-based violence. In 2030, Majd will be 22 years old, and will hopefully have experienced the achievement of the SDGs.

Many challenges may occur as Majd navigates the complex road to adulthood. Physical changes brought on by puberty coupled with rapid psychological development and an increased desire for autonomy and stability, peer pressure and potential harmful social norms, and many, many questions. To reach a healthy and educated adulthood, Majd needs a supportive environment and a great deal of information and learning.

And that’s where we all come in:

Follow along with us as we make the journey through adolescence together with Majd, using animated videos, a mobile application and educational games, theatre and school contests. We look forward to hearing from you. What issues would you like to see Majd tackle?


Voices from the Palestinian community against Gender-based Violence, produced by UNFPA, State of Palestine, and UNWomen in Palestine, as part of the global solidarity movement on the occasion of the 16 day campaign eliminating GBV in Palestine.


In preparation for the Nairobi Summit, UNFPA Palestine has engaged extensively with our many youth partners. Alongside consultations with government and civil society, we have sought to understand what young people specifically care about. In a series of dedicated discussions, they highlighted to us a range of diverse issues, and several key themes emerged: Young people in Palestine are deeply concerned with child marriage and the way that traditional gender norms impact them; they care about better access to information and services for young people; and they are profoundly worried about how the economic and political situation in Palestine might affect their own futures. Again and again, they emphasized the needs of young people with disabilities. And they made clear demands: allow more space for youth leadership. Listen to young people, and give them a meaningful seat at the table. 
Hear more of what they have to say here: 


UNFPA Palestine Office celebrated World Population Day, ICPD+25 and UNFPA50


25 April 2019, Ramallah:  The National Population Committee – Prime Minister’s Office – and UNFPA organized a public event attended by over 80 people from various Ministries, civil society organizations, UN agencies and donors to launch UNFPA State of the World Population report entitled "Unfinished business: the pursuit of rights and choices for all". The event included several presentations and a discussion which stressed the importance of ensuring sexual and reproductive rights for all in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and highlighted the gaps and progress made by the State of Palestine in this regard.


Two out of every ten women aged 20-49 were married before the age of 18 in the West Bank and this number increases to three out of ten women for the Gaza Strip based on PCBS data from 2014. Cases have been detected where girls and boys were as young as 12 years when entering into marriage. When comparing the 2014 data with the 2010, a decrease can be identified for Palestine as a whole, but also when looking separately at West Bank and Gaza Strip. This decrease is however misleading as pockets within both the West Bank as well as Gaza Strip have experienced an increase thereby leaving communities behind the national trend.  Child Marriage in Palestine advocacy paper


This video which was funded by AECID was produced by Ma'an TV.  An older man and an underage girl, who are both actors, walk around as they are newly wed and the camera captured the reaction from the people passing by.  


Ibtihal and Aya speak of their dreams, fears and what it means to be girls in Gaza. UNFPA provides safe spaces for Ibtihal, Aya and thousands of other young women and men in Gaza. You can read more about Aya and Ibtihal and Gazan girls here. 

Young women and adolescent girls' ability to make free reproductive choices is contingent on many socioeconomic factors and rights. This is reflected in 2018's State of the World's Population (SWOP) which focused on the title of "The Power of Choice: reproductive rights and demographic transition." 



سألنا فتيات في سن المراهقة من فلسطين والأردن وكردستان العراق وليبيا واليمن والصومال وسوريا عن أحلامهن وتطلعاتهن وكانت إجابتهن أنه من حق أي فتاة أن تتطلع أن تصبح مهندسة معمارية أو قائدة طائرة أو حتى رئيسة لبلدها!


We asked adolescent girls from Palestine, Jordan, Kurdistan Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Somalia and Syria about their dreams and aspirations, and they answered that any girl should be able to aspire to be an architect, a pilot or even the president of her country!   #GirlsAtTheCentre 


The project “Yalla Shabab” aimed at building resilience and reduce vulnerability among Palestinian youth in the most marginalized communities, through improving youth’s awareness and skills in civic engagement and promoting policy dialogue and support advocacy on young people’s rights and priorities. Young people have led innovative initiatives voicing their priorities and aspirations to decision makers. 

Yalla Shabab Official Facebook Page