Like many other Roma women in South-Eastern Europe, Arnela and Sabrina gave birth before turning 18. The two young mothers from Visoko in Bosnia and Herzegovina are sisters-in-law, and they share the experience of having seen their dreams shattered by getting pregnant too early in life.

But there is a way to break the cycle of poverty and early pregnancy. A recent survey shows that Roma girls with secondary education are dramatically less likely to have their first child as an adolescent.


UNFPA's Marija Vasileva Blazev presents a new publication featuring good practices on youth participation in policy dialogue and programming.


UNFPA's Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia is partnering with celebrities from the region to raise awareness of the need to prevent teenage pregnancy and draw attention to solutions.


Youth activists speak about the issues they would raise with their governments, ahead of the ICPD Beyond 2014 conference in Geneva in July 2013.


Y-PEER Ambassador Dani speaks about her partnership with UNFPA on preventing teenage pregnancy and her new song which will be dedicated to this issue.


Damjan Nikolovski, a youth advocate from Skopje, speaks about one of the burning issues young people are concerned about in the region.


Werner Haug, UNFPA Regional Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, summarises key messages emerging from the ICPD Beyond 2014 process in Europe, Central Asia and North America, ahead of the 1-2 July 2013 high-level conference "Enabling Choices: Population Priorities for the 21st Century" in Geneva.


UNFPA expert Ralph Hakkert on the efficiency of government policies to raise birth rates.


Maryana Borisova, a young Roma from Bulgaria, fought hard to be the first woman from her community to go to university. She was not to be the last.


Dutch expert Nico van Nimwegen says population ageing and migration are challenges that, if addressed properly, can enrich societies.