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In the Maldives 41% of young women (18-35) are not in employment, education or training (NEET). More than half (53%) of the youth population in the Maldives are migrants, most of whom are male workers in the service and informal sector. This has massive ramifications to the demographic makeup - resulting in a gender imbalance, with a sex ratio of 208 (208 males for every 100 females) 

Meanwhile, the common country analysis highlights an increase in drug use and gang violence among young people, which leads to risky sexual behaviour. Providing young people with the skills and opportunities they need will enable them to become change-makers and advocates for youth development at national and local levels and promote social cohesion.

What we do

UNFPA is expanding partnerships with youth-led organizations and the private sector to deliver life skills-based reproductive health education to the most marginalized adolescents and young people, using youth-led innovative solutions and digital technologies. In this effort, we are providing technical support to establish and strengthen youth participation and leadership platforms that ensure meaningful participation of adolescents and youth, including those with disabilities and those residing in outer islands, in decision-making on issues that affect their development and overall well-being.

In collaboration with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), UNFPA is providing institutional capacity development to deliver life skills-based reproductive health education, including adolescent pregnancy prevention, HIV and sexually transmitted infections, gender-based violence prevention, and social norm change interventions through development and monitoring of life skills-based reproductive health education curricula that meet international standards for young people in-and-out of school. 

We continue our efforts in contributing to United Nations reform by playing a convening role in joint programming and advocacy to harness the demographic dividend for youth development and participation in support of the implementation of the UNSDCF, 2022-2025, and the United Nations Youth Strategy 2030.