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Oct. 3, 2021

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UNFPA to capacitate media

UNFPA to capacitate media

UNFPA Communications Officer, Violet Maraisane

Story highlights

  • Programme to help country develop and update national policies
  • Lesotho among countries selected for SIDA funded Joint UN Regional Programme

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UNITED Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the UN sexual and reproductive health agency will hold a capacity building training for journalists to enhance their interest and motivate them to report on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) issues in Leribe from October 6-8.

The UNFPA mission is to deliver a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every child birth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled.

According to UNFPA Communications Officer, Violet Maraisane, together for SRHR (2gether4SRHR) programme is aimed at scaling up the provision of quality integrated SRHR/HIV and SGBV services to reduce unintended pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV, maternal and neonatal mortality, and SGBV amongst all people, but with a focus on women, adolescent girls, young people and key populations.
The programme, she said is intended to help the country to develop, revise, and update national policies, strategies, plans and support the delivery of integrated services in order to achieve national objectives and commitments to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, approved in September 2015 by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly, establishes a transformative vision towards the economic, social and environmental sustainability of the 193 UN Member States, including Lesotho that adopted it.

Ms Maraisane said these commitments include ending AIDS epidemic and STIs by 2030, reducing preventable maternal and child deaths by 2030, achieve universal access to SRHR services and eliminate gender based violence.
She said one of the objectives of the programme, for Lesotho in particular is to support the Government of Lesotho to empower all people, with a focus on women, adolescent girls, young people and key populations to exercise their SRH rights, adopt protective and promotional behaviours, and access quality integrated services in a timely manner, by 2021.
She said comprehensive and accurate media reporting on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) has been very sporadic in Lesotho.

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She said the media’s role in advancing SRHR and particularly the bodily autonomy and bodily integrity of Basotho women and girls is fundamental to respecting and fulfilling their human rights.
Lesotho is one of five countries selected for the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) funded Joint UN Regional Programme on strengthening integrated Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights/HIV (SRHR/HIV) and Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV) services in East and Southern Africa to accelerate action on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) three and five, health and gender equality respectively. LeNA

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